Shpresa Programme offers regular English classes for different groups, focusing on a range of subjects and themes, based around preference and need. The focus of our teaching is on practical and applicable English, with case studies and situations taken from everyday life. Students learn how to greet people, how to talk about their daily routines, how to describe things and people, how to spell their name and give their phone number, and how to ask questions in order to obtain, and understand, necessary information. Students develop the four language skills through these classes: reading, listening, speaking and writing, and regular attendance ensures the basic tools for use in everyday life. The impact of our English programme is far-reaching. Language enables integration and Shpresa’s students are empowered to actively join in their local communities when this barrier is reduced or removed.
Albanian school is one of Shpresa founding services and usually takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in North and East London. The classes are organised in groups and sub-groups according to age, background education and each child’s current understanding of the Albanian language. Teaching Albanian in a practical context is the primary focus, but the classes do not stop there. Sharing knowledge and promoting Albanian culture is just as important for heritage and identity. Our carefully designed curriculum covers history and heritage, and is further enhanced through poetry, performance, events and song – the results of which we all enjoy at annual celebrations like Albania and Kosovo Independence Day. There is growing interest from families and children to understand and embrace their culture through these classes, and we witness the impact and success of those attending Albanian school every single day.
“Shpresa expresses our special Albanian culture in the arts and dancing. This increases our children’s confidence – they now know where they come from. Shpresa helps us to know our culture and our language. It makes you unique. You can’t change your identity but you can enhance it.” -
“Our children have identity issues in the UK. Some of them had become confused about their identity. They need to be proud of their own identity to increase their own self confidence. They now tell us (because of Shpresa) that they are ‘too busy to be in trouble’. (The name of a youth play recently put on by Shpresa.)
Working with Schools
We are committed to encouraging our children’s educational success. We believe that promoting a positive Albanian identity and teaching our language not only builds self-esteem and confidence, develops literacy and learning, and boosts performance, it also improves relationships within families and our wider community. We know that parents play a vital role in the education and progress of their children and we use a range of proven methods to engage them in their learning and support their attendance at mainstream school. Equally, by working with teachers at local schools to better understand the Albanian culture, we further assist with their day-to-day learning. We work in partnership with mainstream schools in five London boroughs: Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Enfield and Haringey. The schools we work with include Mayfield School, Gascoigne School, Gladsmore Community School. These incredibly supportive schools all provide their facilities for free as venues for our classes.