The parliamentary lobby for Adult Education and ESOL is on Wednesday 14th October. Hosted by UCU London Region and Action for ESOL, speakers so far include Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, UCU President Liz Lawrence, Dianne Abbott MP and ESOL students.
Action for ESOL needs you for their campaign to save ESOL in the UK. Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers will not have access to education as a results of the cuts in ESOL. Thousands of people are currently already on waiting lists, hundreds of teachers have lost their jobs. This is a slow destruction of adult education and is an attack on refugees’ and migrants’ rights.
On the Day
We will meet on the day at 12 noon in Parliament Square for photo shoot and to start going into parliament. Please bring your banners, placards, etc. We are not allowed to take banners inside parliament but there will be a contingent outside to keep a display of banners going while the lobby is taking place inside. The lobby is in committee room 10 from 1-3pm. We need students to come and tell their stories , ex-ESOL students are also welcome. Students can speak together in small groups if they lack confidence. Please just let the organisers know when you arrive on the day.
Remember: You don’t need to stay for the whole time if your students need to go back to pick up their children or have other commitments. and you can bring younger ESOL learners as well as adults.
What you can do now
1. Students’ homework or classwork this week – write to your MP here asking them to meet you at the lobby on 14 October and saying why you don’t want ESOL courses to be cut.
2. Email Hannah Wray at firstname.lastname@example.org now to let us know how much money is being cut from the budget and how many jobs are being lost at your workplace. This will help to build up a nationwide picture of the impact of the cuts to add to our briefing documents for the lobby.
3. Set up a team to distribute the flyer FreeESOLleaflet around your college or workplace and ESOL department.
4. Invite any local or national press contacts you know to the lobby.
7. Every Thursday at 9pm, join the online #ukfechat Twitter debate with hundreds of other ESOL teachers and raise awareness about the cuts in ESOL
Action for ESOL also supports the rally in Leicester called by Leicester Social Forum, supported by UCU, NUT, Leicester Civil Rights Movement and Leicester and District TUC. The rally is about defending post-16 education, but will have a specific focus on ESOL and has been timed for the same day as an Action for ESOL protest in London. You can download the flyer here
We can make this work , we can make a difference , past campaigns have been successful , let’s make this one a success too!