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Day Trip to Beamish
WEA tutor Marina Fasa teaches the employability skills course at CREST (Compact for Race Equality in South Shields) – a community centre in South Tyneside that promotes racial equality and supports local people to learn and do training that leads to paid work.
Most of the students on Marina’s course are immigrants who want to improve their English as a first step towards getting a job. Most of the group have been with Marina for about two years so as a reward for all their hard work she decided to take them to Beamish open air museum in County Durham. Marina said, “Most of the students would never normally go to an open air museum, it was a totally new concept to them”. On July 6th 2017 nine of the students from the class went for free to the see the historic recreations at Beamish that include an old English village, town and farm. Students especially enjoyed visiting the mine and seeing the coal – many didn’t recognise coal or know its significance in the North East so Marina explained the meaning of the word “coal”.
Although starting with drizzle the weather improved as the day went on and the group were able to sit out in the countryside. Students ate a picnic lunch that consisted of traditional Turkish cuisine prepared by the wives of two of the students. This day trip was an immersive sharing and learning experience that brought the group together. Marina said “Students got to know more about each other and different cultures and heritage.”
Marina took another group of students to visit Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The guided tour was especially interesting and gave students who were more advanced with their English the opportunity to test out their knowledge.