What we do:
For every student we teach, we will teach another from a disadvantaged background. On a one-for-one basis. We donate time, expertise and funds to support children and charities in the home countries of our students.
We use our voice to actively participate in causes aligned with our values. Our events programs include speakers from international charities, fundraising activities and involvement in events like International Women’s Day or Refugee Week.
We are not a passive institution and encourage our students to become involved both as a way to promote good, and to immerse in language.
Why we do it:
The opportunity to learn should not be limited to those who can afford it. Travelling across the world to study English as a foreign language is a unique and immersive experience that builds confidence and provides better job prospects. However these options are simply not available to everyone. Our mission is to give young and disadvantaged people a chance to learn essential skills that will enrich their lives, regardless of their economic position. We want to inspire the next generation of explorers, wherever they are.
How we do it:
We partner with organisations that share and support our mission to provide education where it is most needed. We commit funds that would otherwise constitute profit.
For every week a student studies with us, we will donate a week to charity from their country or region. We utilise existing local charities and donate either a teacher, or the equivalent funding for classes.
Our first project abroad fully funded from revenue from the courses and students in the UK is in partnership with NGO ‘Mais Caminhos’ in Rio de Janeiro. We chose this organisation for their shared values and knowledge of teaching and caring for people from a less privileged background. Quality education, resources and teachers are often lacking in Brazil’s poorest communities. Mais Caminhos is delivering an English course for teenagers aged 12-16 years old who couldn’t otherwise afford tuition, financed by a grant from Bayswater Foundation.
We are happy to report that the program got off to a great start! The response from the students and parents was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you very much for everything.
Maria Dupuy, the General Manager of Caminhos
Bayswater Education and RefuAid have teamed up to offer scholarships to refugees in London. RefuAid is a small charity aiming to support refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK access education and employment in line with their skills and potential. We established a partnership in April 2018, having discovered their shared values about the importance of access to education for all. The language scholarships will enable people who have been forced to leave their home countries to rebuild a life for themselves here in the UK. Through English classes and pastoral support, we hope that this opportunity will provide people with the skills needed to access education and find meaningful employment.
Bayswater has been a perfect place to improve my English skills. Now I am so happy because I can see that my goal of passing the IELTS with a score of 7.0 is in reach. This will allow me to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, and help me return to working in my profession in the UK
Shervin*, RefuAid scholar from Iran
Bayswater Education is running summer camps for junior students at university campuses around the UK. In keeping with our one-for-one model, Bayswater Foundation is delivering a two-week programme in August for refugees at the University of Nottingham who would never have the same opportunities as our students. The programme will include ESOL and academic skills classes, soft skills workshops such as CV writing and confidence building, guest speakers from local businesses and cultural activities. We hope that this opportunity will be a springboard for attendees, helping them to connect with university contacts, services in the higher education sector and potential employers.
In partnership with refugee organisations in the Nottingham area and around the UK, we are currently recruiting applicants for this year’s programme. We are also fundraising to pay for the accommodation, food, activities and to help fund 100 refugees in this life-changing programme.
Make a difference
Call us:+44 (0) 20 7221 7259
Visit us:167 Queensway, London W2 4SB
If you would like to volunteer either in the UK or abroad, in one of our projects, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to help Bayswater Foundation’s projects beyond our one-for-one commitment, we welcome donations. For as little as £3 per week, you could help fund an extra week of English for an underprivileged child.