By Grace Udofia
As parts of United Kingdom’s (UK) Operation Warm Welcome Scheme for Afghan refugees in its country, the Department of Education has promised free English courses for all interested refugees.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that this free English courses will integrate families with their communities, especially the ones who helped British Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
He said, “The immense debt the country owes those who worked with the armed forces in Afghanistan is one of the reasons we are determined to give them and their families the support they need to rebuild their lives here in the UK.
“I know this will be an incredibly daunting time, but I hope they will take heart from the wave of support and generosity already expressed by the British public.
“The government is also funding 300 university scholarships and providing £12 million to prioritize school places and provide transport, specialist teachers and English language support for these families”.
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson also explained that millions of pounds are being made available for specialist education support for families fleeing the Taliban.
Accounting to him, funding rules have also been clarified by the government to ensure the refugees can enroll on adult education courses in England.
“We are helping recently arrived Afghan refugees get school places for their children as they rebuild their lives.
“We are also providing English lessons and specialist teachers for those who need extra support settling,” he said.