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young people talk about supplementary school


My name is xxxxxxxxx. In my regular school
there are very few Sudanese people so you can’t learn a lot about Sudanese culture. When I come here there’s, like, 99% Sudanese
so I learn a lot more here. Coming to this supplementary school is more
beneficial for me in the subject maths because we have more one-to-one time with teachers. If my younger sister who is three, if she decides not
to come, I’ll try and encourage her to come to the school as she’ll learn more about who
she actually is and her culture. She’ll be able to learn language better rather than
at home. I think it’s a good thing. I’m xxxxxxxxxxx It’s a Saturday and we’re
at WYLA which stands for Westside Young Leaders Academy which teaches us how to be young leaders
for the future. Before I came here, I wasn’t disciplined,
I was quite bad, I could say. But learning from Brother Lee and Brother Andrew has taught
me how to channel my agression. I’ve really improved in the way I carry myself and my
school work. The Brothers here taught us what it’s like
to be a real Black male. They taught us how we should carry ourselves. Their teachings
and our history, it helps us to figure out who we are and what we came from, and the
fact that people fought for our rights. I’m for equality in the world and I think everyone
should be together. You may have a role model like Christiano
Ronaldo, but it’s really useful to have role models like the Brothers we have because they’re
always there for us. I think coming here really helps to expand your knowledge and the way
you should carry yourself, your bearing. This is more about finding your inner self,
letting the world see who you are and what you can do. My name is xxxxxxxxxxxx, and I’m a volunteer
here at Al Ola. I started in 2012 as a student and coming to Al Ola made a big difference
to me. I was getting really bullied at secondary school and I wasn’t very happy there. At first
I was scared, I was worried, especially because of my physical difficulties going up and down
stairs. Suddenly I was brought into an environment where I felt more comfortable, I felt like
I was at home. The type of children who come here are from
different cultures. They tend to be mostly from Arab backgrounds but we also have a big
variety of children whose parents are English, just a big variety. I could speak Arabic but informally, I couldn’t
read and write Arabic. Coming here it meant that I could develop my speaking skills, formally,
and my writing and reading skills. We’ve always taught the children that they
are all equal, whether they’re Muslim, Christian or different – there’s different – types of Islam
but at the end of the day we’re all human beings who live in the same society. In this way they will work together rather
than judge each other and move apart.

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