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RefuAid is a charity committed to helping refugees lead independent lives in Europe, which includes helping those who need support learning English and passing professional competency exams, such as OET and IELTS.

More refugees should now get this help since RefuAid has teamed up with English UK, which is encouraging its members to provide lessons to refugees through English UK’s Eddie Byers Fund.

“I’m blown away by the altruism and generosity of our members,” says Jodie Gray, chief executive of English UK. “In an industry that was hit harder than most by the pandemic, 75 continued to offer free tuition to RefuAid clients. As a result, an amazing 606 refugees have been able to get the certification they needed to either get their professional qualifications recognised in the UK or get into higher education. The largest single group were doctors, who have been able to bring their skills into the NHS during the pandemic.”

Through RefuAid’s Language: A Gateway programme, British Council accredited English language teaching centres provide the lessons and RefuAid provides caseworkers and financial support to cover travel, course materials and exam fees.

Image courtesy of kjager from Pixabay
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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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