The e3 project, one of the 6 national winners of a Community Based English Language Competition sponsored by the Department for Communities & Local Government, have won further funding to bring their project into new boroughs in London. Having successfully worked with 550 learners across five target areas of London (Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest), they are now hoping to emulate the same level of success in the London boroughs of Enfield, Islington, Redbridge (Barking & Dagenham). New rounds of recruitment in the new boroughs are due to begin in April and community organisations working in these boroughs are welcome to contact us for further information on how they can get involved.
The Department of Communities and Local Government have been a source of great support of the project, promoting partnership between the various winning organisations of the competition and allowing information exchange and best practise transfer to occur.
Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
“Everybody in Britain, whatever their background, should have an equal chance to thrive. This funding boost will create a fairer society and make sure that everyone has the chance to get on in life through learning English.”
“Being able to speak English can changes lives – it enables people to make friends, build strong ties with their local communities, take informed decisions about health and education, and to get on in life by opening the door to the workplace.”
Communities Minister Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said:
“Already, just one year into these fantastic community-based English language projects, we have helped thousands of people take a more active role in British life. This new funding will help us reach even more.
“It is vital that everyone is able to read and write in English, which is why we have also asked councils to stop translating documents into foreign languages. Such translation diverts taxpayers’ money away from frontline services, and actively discourages integration. Learning English is essential to get a job, and move on and up in life.”