DMU Square Mile provides tutors for Somalian children in Leicester

By Natasha Stapleton and Alison Hart

DMU Square Mile will be providing tutors to help children from Leicester’s Somalian and Sudanese community from January.

The Somalian Community Parent’s Association (SOCOPA) have been running a tuition group on Saturdays between 10am and 12pm at St Matthews Centre to help school children from the ages of 11 to 16 with homework or specific subject areas.

Amir Mahmood, projects and outreach coordinator at Square Mile, said: “The parents of some of these children struggle to help them with homework as they are new to the country, so we’re giving the kids the extra support they need.”

SOCOPA approached DMU Square Mile for help in finding suitable tutors that are passionate about teaching and can offer one to one help with anything they are finding difficult to do at school.

Mr Mahmood added: “The project will be relaxed once there are more tutors available, as at the moment there are 30 to 40 children attending from all different schools and the Centre is unable to advertise the project due to it’s popularity in the community.”

The children attending these tuition sessions are mostly of Somalian and Sudanese backgrounds with some being refugees.

St Matthews Centre boasts a hall and community room, along with a popular library and sports hall. It also provides IT sessions and work clubs to help people find jobs in the city.

To get involved with this project please contact Amir Mahmood at DMU Square Mile by emailing him at amir.mahmood@dmu.ac.uk or visiting the team at Chancery House building.

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