The crisis in Syria has sparked the largest influx of refugees across borders seen in many years. Education and career opportunities for both children and adults have been severely disrupted, or halted. Both Syrians themselves and the struggling communities that host them recognise that issues around the acquisition of appropriate languages, including but not exclusively English, are absolutely crucial for refugees and their hosts to be able to lead meaningful, engaged and productive lives. Language learning helps refugees to withstand challenges, to recover from crisis, to overcome barriers – to build resilience.
Based on the work the British Council delivers in partnership with international humanitarian, development and education partners, across four regions (the Middle East, Africa, the European Union and the Americas) the Language for Resilience exhibition focuses on how language enhances the resilience of refugees and displaced persons, whether that’s giving a voice to young people and adults, building social cohesion in host communities or providing individuals with the skills they need to access work, services, education and information.
The British Council’s Language for Resilience report, launched in July 2016, examined the impact of language on refugees and host communities affected by the Syrian crisis, identifying the different ways that language skills enhance resilience and providing recommendations for including language learning as part of the humanitarian response. The exhibition also launches the Language for Resilience Research Hub, the next step in building the body of research and engaging stakeholders overseas and in the UK in shaping the agenda, for future partnership.
Visit the Language for Resilience exhibition
12 February – 22 June 2018