Providing opportunities for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants to teach their skills and expertise to others is the raison d’être of KAMA Oxford, so the first teacher training workshop felt like a real milestone on our journey so far. Attendees of the workshop on 14th August benefitted from the expert tuition of staff from the Oxford University Department of Education, which has been a hugely supportive partner in organising and running the workshop. Tutors Laura Molway and Dr Katharine Burn led the two-hour session, where future teachers and mentors discussed a range of topics, including setting objectives and planning the content of lessons, language and communication in the classroom, cultural etiquette and overcoming the challenges that teaching can present.
KAMA Oxford founder Isabel Tate also gave a presentation about the teaching opportunities that KAMA Oxford provides.
Feedback from attendees was very positive, with many praising how well organised and clearly communicated the workshop was, and noting that they felt inspired by the new things they learned. Sarah Coatsworth, a KAMA Oxford volunteer who will act as a teacher mentor, commented: “It was wonderful to see our new cohort of teachers getting enthused about their lessons under the expert guidance of Laura and Katharine. Confidence is growing, new friendships are being formed, and we can’t wait to roll out the first batch of KAMA workshops in the autumn.”
The next step is to pair up teachers with volunteer mentors who will help them plan future courses and workshops. A wide range of ideas is already being discussed, from Arabic language and culture to Middle-Eastern cookery, embroidery and computing. Do keep checking the KAMA Oxford website and Facebook page to see the first course announcements in the coming weeks.
Huge thanks are owed to everyone who came to the workshop and contributed so enthusiastically with their ideas and experience, and we are especially indebted to Laura and Katharine and their colleagues at the Oxford University Department of Education for helping to make the event such a success.