Our Learners

SAVTE supports adults from diverse backgrounds.  Each individual learner brings with them very different experiences of life and education.

The learners are people who face different barriers to accessing mainstream education provisions; they may be full-time carers, have a disability or health condition, have no experience of formal education or lack the confidence and self-esteem needed to attend classes.

The majority of SAVTE’s learners are refugees, new arrivals, EU migrants, asylum seekers and are mainly women. Learning English enables individuals to fully integrate with their surroundings and become part of a community.  

What the learners say

“Learning English has enabled me to be more confident.  I can go anywhere and not worry about what I am going to say or if I will be able to understand what I will be told.  Learning English has also enabled me to enrol at college for different courses.  I can read my letters or bills without any difficulty.  I can also read new papers and books.” – Annet. N

“Kerstin was a big help for me, she helped me with letters that came to my house.  I have a disabled son and have to attend many hospital appointments, I learnt English to use in the hospital with my son and also at the shops.  I now only need an interpreter at the hospital for big decisions about Aman, like an operation, for normal things I don’t need an interpreter.” – Negesat Berhe

“I can talk a little bit of English, I can go in the shops.  Now I know how to take the bus.  I know how to go to see the doctors.” – Blerta