Listen first, then show
WEA tutor Fatima recounts her growing friendship with an Iranian refugee called Amin, who is learning English in her class. When you leave your community behind, education can find you a new one.
I remember meeting Amin’s partner for the first time. They had fled from Iran to escape a forced marriage to her cousin. But she was in love with Amin. They will never see their families again.
As a tutor, I want to make sure Amin and his fellow students enjoy learning. I take the time to listen to their stories. If I can, I will help them outside of class by introducing them to a solicitor, or a councillor, even an MP. Anyone who can help. I feel it’s my responsibility.
Of course, our classes aren’t just about learning English. The WEA works within communities to bring people closer together. It’s about being with others, making friends, becoming happier. For refugees like Amin, it’s about finding a purpose for their new life in the UK. I’m proud to be a part of that.
I want to make sure Amin and his fellow students enjoy learning. I take the time to listen to their stories.