The brutal Russian aggression in Ukraine has shocked the world and moved people of every background to help in any way they can. Civilians have been targeted, and survivors find themselves fleeing to other countries where they must make a new life, sometimes with only the clothes on their backs. More than 100,000 British people across the UK have offered to host Ukrainian refugees in the Homes for Ukraine scheme demonstrating clearly the immense compassion of the British people, but this is only the first step. These uprooted people must now build a life in a place where they do not speak the language.
Global Language School (GLS) is based in Peterborough and offers an immersive language and cultural experience to hundreds of students from all over the world each year. The school is the culmination of more than 20 years of excellence in the language instruction sector and is the passion of its founder, Mrs. Mirela Nenciu. As an immigrant herself, she understands from experience how hard it is to get settled in a new country while learning the language.
As she followed the crisis in Ukraine, Mirela had an epiphany; her school could provide a unique way to help the flood of people arriving in the UK. Inspired by the British people’s generosity and knowing that language is the key to integration, she decided to give free online English classes to 200 people. Hence, she posted the offer on Facebook. The response, and by extension, the need for these services, was far greater than she could have imagined. Soon GLS had 500 people requesting language instruction, and then a day later, the number had jumped to over 700! In addition to the requests for language instruction, Mirela received harrowing first-hand accounts of the suffering and loss people were experiencing. One woman returned from work to find her building had been completely destroyed, and with her parents inside! She told me, “These messages are coming non-stop”. Another family had to escape as their building was being bombed. The father threw the children from a window to the mother but could not escape himself.
This is where you come in…
In order to provide services to the growing number of requests, money is needed to pay for instructors and logistics. For those with limited English ability, experience tells us that at least two sessions per week for three months will usually make a difference in rudimentary communication for the student. Considering the demand, a realistic goal is to offer this service to 2500 people (this is above the 200 free students that GLS have already committed to).
Another twist to this story is that during the pandemic, Global Language School made the most of the downtime by supporting many young people, as part of the UK’s Kickstart program, to achieve a qualification to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). This fortunate coincidence has resulted in many new instructors that are ready and waiting to teach.
The necessary instructors, and other resources, needed to provide 2500 students with instruction will require approximately £300,000 of funding. Take comfort in knowing your money is in good hands. GLS are experts in delivering language instruction, and their knowledge of the business, years of experience and economies of scale result in very efficient use of resources.
Hundreds of positive reviews can be accessed online to show a business model proven over time to work… and work well.
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