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Eddie Byers Fund 2018 awards announced: helping children overseas and adults in the UK

Published Lynne Farrugia on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Schoolchildren in Palestine and Tanzania and asylum-seekers in the UK will learn English because of the Eddie Byers Fund during the next year. The Fund exists to transform lives through learning English, and was set up in 2016 in memory of Eddie Byers, the late chief executive of English UK.

It is the second year that the Fund has made awards, so English UK staff and friends are attempting to raise a further £15,000 by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on October 20 to help more people in the coming years.

“Eddie believed in the transformative power of education, and we’re really proud of what we’ve able to do in his name,” said Helen Kind, who chairs the EBF awarding committee.

“So far around 250 refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK have been helped to learn English and integrate because of the Fund. This year we’ll not only be supporting over a hundred more, but also around 3,500 schoolchildren in Tanzania and Palestine.”

“We want to carry on transforming people’s lives in Eddie’s name, so please donate anything you can to our Three Peaks Challenge, and help us hit our £15,000 target.”

Helen added: “We are walking 24 miles and three mountains in 12 hours so it’s not going to be easy, but our industry was so generous and supportive when we did the National Three Peaks two years ago that it helped drive us on. And anyone who gives us £500 or more before we get our Challenge T shirts printed will get their logo on those as well as our website.”

The EBF is open to UK-registered charities which can apply for funding of up to £2,500 for projects which will transform lives through learning English.

This year there are five awardees:

- The Tanzania Development Trust, which will deliver a month-long beginners’ English course and a continuing language club for up to 800 children for starting secondary school in rural Tanzania. Completing secondary school is the only route out of extreme poverty for the children, but classes are taught in English, which means they are doomed to fail unless they learn some of the language at the start.

- The Hands Up project, which will train 125 teachers of English in schools in Gaza and the West Bank to run drama clubs to improve the English of up to 2,500 Palestinian schoolchildren.

- Asylum Link Merseyside, which will run a new Film and Conversation club and develop its outreach Walk and Talk programme.

- ASHA in North Staffordshire, to train volunteers to teach English to beginners who cannot access any other courses, and also to train other volunteers to teach this group of learners.

- Oasis in Ipswich, which gets a £500 grant for textbooks.



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