AMIF funded Steps to Integration Success Project

28-September-2023
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Four hundred members of the Afghanistan community, including children, have benefited from the support of Adult Learning Wales (ALW) as they settle into their new homes in Wales. Residents in bridging accommodation have been on a variety of courses provided by Adult Learning Wales’ Steps to Integration Success Project offering free, fun and engaging activities that provide refugees and Third Country Nationals in Wales with skills, knowledge and opportunities to help them integrate into their local community. These courses include digital literacy, ESOL (English as a Second Language) including women only classes, driving theory, cookery, Welsh language classes and English conversation clubs, all to help the learners and their families adapt to living in Wales.

The leaners also visited some of Wales’ many historical and cultural sites with the support of Adult Learning Wales including St Fagans Museum, Porthkerry Country Park, and Cardiff Castle to help increase their knowledge and a greater understanding of life in Wales.

Galiya Idrisova, Curriculum Development Coordinator on the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund Steps to Integration Success project for Adult Learning Wales said:  

“We ran a variety of courses and provided the technology (laptops) to support the learners. Some learners had a very high level of English and general education, others had no English or education at all. Many of the female learners learnt English from scratch, and despite having limited literacy skills in their own language, they learnt to read and write in English. Many battled with depression and isolation, but they managed to gain confidence and skills in learning English.”

Wali Mohammad, the Refugee Resettlement Project Manager working on the project added:

“The ESOL and other training programs offered by Adult Learning Wales offered have had a profound impact on the lives of the Afghan families. First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Galiya for her outstanding coordination and management of all the activities. Galiya’s exceptional skills ensured the smooth operation of the training and created a welcoming and inclusive environment for the Afghan families. Her tireless efforts deserve special recognition, and we are truly grateful for her dedication and professionalism.”

“The ESOL training provided by ALW has been instrumental in empowering the Afghan families to communicate effectively and navigate their new lives in the UK. Through Adult Learning Wales’ language courses, you have not only enhanced their language skills but also boosted their confidence, enabling them to engage with their new communities, seek employment opportunities, and access essential services. Additionally, the other training programs offered by ALW have been instrumental and important to the families specially to women. Your organisation has played a pivotal role in enabling these families to adapt to their new surroundings and enhance their prospects for a brighter future.”

“On behalf of Cardiff Council and the Afghan families, would like to express our deepest gratitude to ALW and its entire team for your unwavering support and commitment. Your dedication to promoting inclusion, empowerment, and self-sufficiency is truly commendable, and it has made a significant difference in the lives of those who needed it the most.”

The work undertaken by Adult Learning Wales is just one of the many positive stories from the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund Steps to Integration Success project that has run throughout Wales; giving those who need the support the most the opportunity to settle in Wales and to start a new life within their community. The AMIF funded Steps to Integration Success project has supported over 930 individuals across Wales with a variety of learning opportunities to help them settle into life in Wales.

To find out more about Adult Learning Wales’ ESOL provision and the other courses provided, visit ALW’s website here.

 


This project is part-funded by the European Union Asylum Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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