On Wednesday, 13th March, three young ESOL (English as a Second Language) students from South & City College’s Handsworth campus met with representatives from Birmingham City Council and Refugee Action to discuss their progress at college.
The three represent a number of Syrian students who, with their families, have been supported to come to settle in the UK having been made refugees from their home country.
The three students came to the college to learn English. Mohammed Marzouk arrived in 2017 and has progressed from a complete beginner in English to now working at Entry 2 Level - which is really good progress in a short time - he has ambitions to be an actor. Mohammed Ramadnan has ambitions to be a lawyer or a professional footballer. Mostafa Nasser has made excellent progress and wants to be an IT professional.
Birmingham City Council are responsible for administering the SVPRS funding and have given additional funding to support students linked to the scheme; the college has used this to bring in extra language support assistants for beginner level classes.
Dawn Murry, Educational Placement Co-ordinator for Refugee Action said of the event, “I very much enjoyed the opportunity to speak with our young learners in their college setting. It was great to witness how happy they are, how they’re progressing, and the good relationships that they’ve built with their teachers and support staff.”