Kate Parker

Colleges of Sanctuary give asylum seekers a head start

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The challenges that asylum seekers and refugees face lead to some people missing out on an education, but the growing Colleges of Sanctuary movement is setting out to change all that. Kate Parker reports

How Colleges of Sanctuary are supporting the learning of refugees and asylum seekers

Ayomi* is 19 years old. In November last year, she travelled from Sri Lanka to Wales, seeking asylum with her younger brother, Nirved*. On arrival in Swansea, they attempted to enrol at a number of sixth-form colleges but were turned away because courses had already started.

However, EYST, a local charity that works with minority groups in the area, introduced them to staff at Gower College Swansea and suddenly everything changed.

In no time at all, the siblings were helped to enrol into classes so they would not have to wait to start their learning journey – and they were also provided ...

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