Together We Learn Sandwell, part of a national project, has completed its first successful course in partnership with the Bangladeshi Women’s Association. The BWA is an community organisation rooted in the Tipton community in the heart of the Black Country and offers a variety of opportunities to empower women to learn and develop their self-confidence and awareness of the wider community. BWA has just successfully organised its annual community event showcasing Bangladeshi culture and hosts a variety of activities and partnerships from healthy cooking to community safety with partners from Sandwell MBC and neighbourhood police. BWA already had a cohort of learners pre-identified as benefitting from pre-entry ESOL, so the first TWL course in Sandwell was organised and recruited to relatively swiftly.
The group, comprised of 13 women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Iran has been meeting twice a week and recently used BWAs computer suite to develop work around their own biographies. Storytelling has become a theme and the group expressed an interest in Shakespeare’s birthplace - Stratford Upon Avon, researching and planning their own journey there. As well as BWA, we are working with new partners to ensure more communities can access Together We Learn between now and March next year. For more information contact Ian Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org.