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Education for Akron’s Bhutanese Refugees Part 3

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Story by Tom Crain

Education beyond K-12

Educational requirements for Summit County refugees 18 years and older are serviced through Project Learn, an organization spearheading the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. Project Learn is part of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) through the state of Ohio and is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents. It also receives support from United Way of Summit County, GAR and Akron Community Foundation.

Project Learn partners with local refugee resettlement organizations, including International Institute of Akron (IIA), Asian Services in Action (ASIA) and World Relief, to administer classes.  There are 64 different countries represented in Project Learn’s ESOL program, with over 40 languages spoken. At any one time, there are 20 classes held at various sites throughout the county, with a current enrollment of 550 students, many of whom are refugees.

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Education is the ticket to achieving the American Dream for Bhutanese refugees in Akron Part 2

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Story by Tom Crain

 

David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools (APS) says that several of Akron’s schools have been undergoing significant change due to the influx of refugees. “Little did any of us know the U.S. foreign policy decision made nine years ago would bring into our schools a story that is truly inspirational in an American way,” he says. “And now, with so many articles and broadcasts coming out of our refugee schools, much of America is aware.”

North High School (NHS) was waning in attendance for years and was in danger of closing altogether before refugee resettlement kicked in. Now, NHS has become known as Ohio’s most diverse public school.

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Feeding the future of America, One backpack at a time

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By Dorothy Markulis

 

The ubiquitous backpack

It is truly everywhere. Children trudge home from school toting them with a heavy load of items – books, clothes, games and other useful items.

But for some in four community learning centers in Akron, the backpack is a lifeline, saving the elementary students from hunger. Continue reading

Fatherhood Initiative Brings More Focused Resources to Summit County Fathers – 2013-10-09

By: Chris Miller

Fatherhood InitiativeHaving active fathers in children’s lives can make all the difference between success and failure for that child.

A new fatherhood initiative facilitated by Akron Community Foundation will combine the services of three prominent organizations to provide more focused education and resources to fathers and families in Summit County.

The collaboration will help fathers navigate the court system for visitation and offer mentoring to help struggling fathers establish responsible parenting skills.

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