For over four years now, Blue Door English has been welcoming refugees and asylum seekers through the door, offering them English language classes twice a week and a sense of community.
For many of our students, the difficult journey to Malta is only the first hurdle in their resettlement. Many of them have left everything they have owned, are dealing with trauma, and urgently need to find a way to survive.
The language barrier is one of these obstacles, and overcoming it opens the door to better integration, and increased opportunities.
This academic year, the school catered for 146 learners, 80 of whom will receive a certificate for attending over 70% of their classes.
The school is also proud to announce that it has opened a morning ‘Mums and Bubs’ class, which has attracted over 20 women from diverse backgrounds. The women are welcome to bring their children to class, which is extremely important, as many of them don’t have access to childcare and wouldn’t be able to attend otherwise. Migrant women, especially mothers, have been identified as a vulnerable group in Malta.
Blue Door English is volunteer-driven, and this year 19 volunteers helped out in a variety of roles including teaching, childcare, and administration. Thanks to their hard work, the school was able to open 9 classes, offering 5 different levels.
Community is equally as important as education, and Blue Door English seeks to empower its learners by creating a safe space for them to make connections and keep informed of services. This year, representatives from MCAST and the recently initiated ‘I Belong’ Programme, visited the school to give information on how our learners can further their education. Moreover, several learners received help to develop their CV, open bank accounts, and apply for courses.
The staff and learners at Blue Door English are extremely grateful for the kind donations of books and other resources from corporations and people within the community.
Furthermore, we are especially thankful for the constant support we have received from the St Andrews Church, without which this project wouldn’t exist.