Over the last fifteen years, we have:
- Delivered 9,000 classes to 3,500 students who are speakers of diverse languages including Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Sylheti, Dari, Pashto, Polish, Spanish, and Urdu.
- Trained 900 people to teach ESOL in a participatory and empowering way.
- Supported multiple successful and wide-reaching campaigns including the Living Wage Campaign, Patients not Passports, Promote the Migrant Vote, and #Lifttheban, which included over 240 charities, trade groups, faith organisations, and businesses. The petition to #Lifttheban garnered over 180,000 signatures which were presented to the Home Office.
- Supported migrants to organise, which has led to action on:
- Greater provision of ESOL: LoveESOL is a coalition of 17 organisations, of which EFA is proud to be a founding member. We’ve held four major events at or with City Hall on the annual day of European Languages (26th September). Two MPs have publicly supported our work, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has included it in his current manifesto.
- ESOL funding and civic engagement: EFA staff and students created a toolkit used in ESOL classrooms across the country, amplified a petition that gained over 42,000 signatures, and produced a key manifesto to bring together concerns from across the sector.
- Overcrowded housing: 60 ESOL students have supported a successful campaign which led Southwark Council to revise outdated and unjust housing policy. Members have also been involved in housing waiting list consultations, and succeeded in getting the ‘Temp2Settled’ policy dropped in Lambeth.