Paiwand – meaning ‘unity’ in Dari, was founded in 2002 to support Afghan children to maintain their home language and cultural identity, to unite the Afghan refugee community and improve the quality of their lives in the UK. This is an exemplary supplementary school serving the Afghan community in West London. As well as children’s classes the association provides support to unaccompanied young people and adults supporting well over 2,000 individuals per year with welfare, housing, employment and immigration needs. It also delivers workshops in mental wellbeing, provides English classes for adults, supported accommodation for young refugees, holiday activities for families and an established mentoring programme for vulnerable young Afghans.
The association has now extended its provision offering maths, science and English study support for all underachieving disadvantaged children – majority of whom are from migrant/EAL backgrounds. Approxiamtely 40% of their pupils are Afghani, the rest are of Indian, African-Caribbean, Somali and of Eastern European heritage.
- Category: Good Practices
- Country: England
- Language: English
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