My name is Kidist Teklemariam and I am Director of Unleashing Refugee Potential, which I established based on my own challenges of seeking asylum and rebuilding my life in the UK.
Unleashing Refugee Potential (URP) is a Leeds based social enterprise that supports refugees into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Our work is driven by a desire to improve the lives of refugees and migrant communities, reduce the inequalities they encounter and to break the cycle of poverty: https://urp.org.uk/
We have launched the Thriving Families tuition project (https://urp.org.uk/thriving-families/) to address the worsening educational inequalities that have resulted from school closures. Many of the refugees, asylum seekers and migrants we support faced substantial barriers to supporting their children’s home learning. The main barriers they faced were lack of IT equipment and internet access, unsuitable home learning environments and language barriers. For more information please read our research on Home Learning Inequalities
We are deeply concerned that the educational inequalities resulting from school closures will prevent young refugees and asylum seekers from being able to fulfil their potential. Therefore we are providing pupils at schools in Leeds with IT equipment and home learning materials and linking them with volunteer tutors to deliver weekly one-to-one online tuition. We hope that free tuition will give pupils from refugee backgrounds an opportunity to catch up and improve their academic outcomes.
We are aiming to support 20 families with IT equipment and home learning materials who are living below the poverty line and are struggling to meet their basic needs.
We really appreciate any help we can get to support families with purchasing the necessary learning materials and IT equipment to be able to receive supplementary tuition from their home.
**We are also requesting donations of used laptops- please email [email redacted].uk if you would like to donate used laptops**
All money we receive will go towards:
4)Revision textbooks (£20)
Director of Unleashing Refugee Potential
- Harry Pickering
- Hannah Wheadon
- Martin Pickering