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Award-winning Art for Refugee Week
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students at City College Plymouth have been awarded first prize for their contribution to the Plymouth British Red Cross Refugee Week Art Project.
The three students, Szabolcs Babut, Kelvin Lei and Bryan Nahimana, were presented with their prize by Crisis Education Manager, Mia Dawson, Manager at Devon British Red Cross and former City College ESOL student, along with foundation volunteer, Mohammad Leily.
“We are very proud of our students,” said Sarah Waters, ESOL Co-ordinator at City College. “Many of them have made some sort of journey to the UK themselves and so this is a cause close to their hearts. Supporting Refugee Week and taking part in this project has been extremely rewarding; for the students to win an award is an added bonus.”
Seven schools and colleges took part in this inaugural project that celebrates and appreciates the positive benefits of refugees’ investments into society. The City College students’ work, together with that of two other groups, has been displayed locally in exhibitions in St Aubyn’s Library, the University of Plymouth and in offices across the South West throughout the summer.
“Huge congratulations to the ESOL students. The exhibitions were extremely well received with almost 300 people voting for their favourite piece of work; the artwork really engaged with people,” said Crisis Education Manager, Mia Dawson. “It is great to see young people get involved with projects like this and our hope is that this project will not only equip them with the knowledge and skills to cope and respond to this humanitarian crises, but also to support our local community in developing an increased understanding.”
Those interested in the College’s ESOL courses can find out more at the Course Information Drop-ins every Wednesday throughout October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.