e3 Project Final Event
On Thursday 23 March, the final event of the e3 project took place at Genesis Cinema in Stepney Green. There were around 400 guests, including over 40 Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU) learners.
EOU students received a certificate from Newham’s Labour Councillor Paul Duraisamy. Paul is the Vice-Chair of EOU’s Board of Trustees and has been involved with the refugee and migrant community since arriving to the UK over 30 years ago, himself a refugee from Sri Lanka.
Clockwise from top left: Apasen, EOU and Limehouse’s stalls registering learners as they arrived. Bottom left: EOU staff and volunteers with Councillor Paul Duraisamy (centre)
Upstairs in the cinema gallery, learners enjoyed visiting a wide array of stalls run by the partners. There were stalls for learners to buy clothing and accessories, beauty products and arts and crafts supporting local organizations, some made by project participants themselves. There were activities including sewing, a magic tricks display, and a henna stall run jointly by Balkish Joumah, an EOU e3 tutor, and Saediya Mohamed, an e3 EOU learner. Lisa Coveley from Ideas Store, Whitechapel, told students about local services, health activities and volunteering opportunities.
Clockwise from top left: Lisa Coveley at the Ideas Store stall, the beauty stall, the market stall showcasing products made by e3 learners, Balkis Joumah creating henna nail art
Inside the cinema, learners were treated to a series of inspiring talks and a short film. Firstly, the e3 Project was introduced by the Directors of the delivery organisations: Abdi Hassan of OSCA, Mulat Haregot of EOU, Fahar Ahmed of Limehouse Project, Mahmud Hasan of Apasen and Jon Hems of J-Go Training. The Directors all mentioned the success and innovation of the e3 learning method, which not only brings women together, but also allows for English learning ‘anytime, anywhere’, and turns everyday technology into a tool for learning English.
From left to right: Jon Hems from J-Go Training, Adbi Hassan of OSCA, Mulat Haregot of EOU, Fahar Ahmed of Limehouse Project and Mahmud Hasan of Apasen.
Three inspirational women then spoke about their experiences as representatives of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee Communities. Iman Achara, the key-note speaker, has received an award from her majesty the Queen for setting up over 100 charities, and spoke of her ongoing consultancy work for the Women’s Budget Group. This provides a gender impact analysis of the Chancellor’s budget, ensuring that it includes the financing of services that support women.
Fardious Ali reminded us that ‘everything is possible’. She is a primary school teacher in Tower Hamlets and mother of three. While on maternity leave with her third child, she decided to fulfil a life-long dream and take her MA in education. Finally, Ayan Mahmud MBE, Director of Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, spoke about helping to put together the 10th Hargeysa International Book Festival.
From left to right: Primary school teacher and mother of three Fardious Ali, Jan Bros from J-Go Training, founder of 100 charities Iman Achere and Director of Kayd Somali Arts and Culture Ayan Mahmud MBE.
Evelyn Oldfield would like to thank all of those who made the event such a success, in particular the e3 learners themselves and our wonderful e3 teachers!