English and other languages build resilience, broaden horizons and provide agency and voice for people who may have been displaced, affected by conflict or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds or isolated communities.

There are two main areas of work under Language and Empowerment: Language for Resilience and English for Girls’ Education.

Language for Resilience

Our work focuses on the role of English and other languages in building resilience. This can be in the form of giving a voice to young people and adults to help build social cohesion in communities or to provide individuals with the skills they need to access education, career opportunities, services and information.

Across the world, millions of people have been displaced from their homes or affected by conflict and civil unrest. Many of those displaced find themselves far from home, separated from family members and social support without the language skills they need for even basic communication and access to essential services.

Our work Language for Resilience has a range of aims and outcomes from addressing the effects of trauma on learning through language programmes to strengthening institutional resilience and building capacity to create inclusive classrooms for all teachers and students.

English and Girls’ Education

We work with girls, who are out of school or living in socio-economically disadvantaged or isolated communities, and where language is often a barrier to education.

Our work in this area provides adolescent girls with opportunities to learn English and other core skills, such as digital literacy, and to discuss social issues that affect their lives. This work is designed to empower girls, provide agency and voice and allow them to make more informed life choices in the future.

Gender equality is an important part of what we do as a cultural relations organisation that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion as a core value. All our work is designed to have a positive impact on advancing gender equality and/or the empowerment of women and girls.

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