After School Club
by Rob Smith
Hearing of the success this initiative has had in the advancing
of Somali school children within mainstream education; I made a
surprise visit to the project.
At 6.00pm the classroom was full and the elderly gentleman who’d
been a teacher in Somalia began that evening’s lesson. The
IT Community School and Subject Support was set up in January last
year by local Somali parents, former schoolteachers and writers
with good experience within the British education system.
“This is having a great effect on both secondary and junior
school Somali pupils’ educational achievements, and attainment
across the city,” voiced an education department insider.
There are still many youngsters at risk of exclusion, and having
English as a second language prevents many from moving forward as
quickly as others. Giving these Somali children an opportunity to
understand and learn the curriculum in their own language, while
helping with their English, gives them a second chance to achieve
success in mainstream education.
Originally set up to help Somali speaking children and parents,
the project now also supports those from European countries that
are now settled here.
Contact: Mohamed Issa on 0778 659 3666.