#LoveESOL is a campaign to promote ESOL in London. EFA is proud to be a founding member of this amazing coalition of 32 organisations. We are calling for more funding from the government because we believe ESOL is a vital public service that benefits all of us, not only new arrivals: it is crucial for healthy communities and a thriving economy, as well as for the well-being of people who are new to the UK.
Since 2017, we have been organising #LoveESOL events with the aim to engage with policymakers. This ensures ESOL students, teachers, volunteers and supporters can influence how ESOL is provided.
Over the years, hundreds of students have been involved in the campaign. We started with a big teach-out in the green space outside City Hall, which led to invitations to hold an event inside the building the following years and present our asks to the Mayor’s team, and meet with key members of staff. The event has historically coincided with the European Day of Languages (26th September), so it is also a celebration of London’s multilingualism and linguistic diversity.
We now meet annually to look at ESOL provision in London and share our expertise with the GLA.
Current #LoveESOL campaign asks are:
1. Better access to free ESOL classes for all, regardless of childcare or work commitments, or immigration status. We want free ESOL provision, providing childcare and removing eligibility criteria.
2. An ESOL for London website with a database of what’s on offer across London for students to identify a suitable class. With information on cost, childcare, location, day and time, levels and certificates. PLUS information about any immigration status restrictions.
3. Solidarity for a bigger voice for ESOL to help restore funding and improve public understanding of ESOL students’ experiences and the importance of ESOL.
Find out more at LoveESOL.co.uk.