Free Course in London University Offered To Refugees And Asylum Seekers


Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are left homeless and penniless in Britain, and are just relying on charities for their basic needs, which led to an invitation by a London university to study free of charge.

According to Barry&District News, there is a steady increase on the number of people who want to escape war and violence, even if it means uncertainty in another country. In an attempt to participate in the radical change, the University of East London is about to launch a short course known as the Open Learning Initiative or OLIve.

OLIve is believed to be a perfect venue for refugees and asylum seekers to have an educational grounding to a foundation course until they can finally obtain a bachelor's degree, according to Independent. The candidates will be able to join workshops and seminars in college level reading and writing. They will also get to learn more of the English language not only for academic purposes but for globalization.

The first launch of the OLIve course will be able to accommodate 40 people and will be taught every Saturdays beginning April this year. The university is also planning to launch the next stage and will lengthen the course to a 10-month program.

The funding for OLIve comes from a 440,000 Euro grant from the EU's Erasmus+ Programme, and a joint initiative between UEL, the University of Vienna, the Central European University and European Network Against Racism.

UEL which is found in Stratford City is the home of the Center for Migration, Refugees and Belonging. It also hosts the Refugee Council Archive, which is a vast collection of books, reports, journals and films that tackle forced migration. It was last year when the school also launched a short course entitled "University for All".

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