PIRS delivering Trauma Informed ESL
Program at Edmonds School has a waitlist
Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, PIRS piloted a trauma informed ESL class in Burnaby this spring. Teacher, Emily Hunter, is developing the model and is writing a curriculum that we plan to use to to replicate this program at other sites in the fall.
"There are women in this class who have not been able to attend ESL because of their status in Canada, they have young children or their husbands wanted them to attend a women only program." says Zarmina, PIRS Outreach Worker for the program. The childcare and the teacher's flexibility around babies in classroom has made this class very successful.
The program, which is run in partnership with the Edmonds School, served 24 women and 19 children and has a waitlist of 19 families. Participants came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tibet, Syria, Columbia, Mexico & Lybia. Participants learned about the public transportation system, the public library, digital literacy and visited community resources included a community centre. They learned about the benefits of family drop in programs for their children and they made social connections.
Building Bridges practicum student, Leticia, supported the ESL teacher and generously donated Arabic-English dictionaries.
A graduation celebration is planned for June 17. For more information about this program, contact Amea Wilbur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-298-5888.