An innovative English learning project encouraged young mothers to pursue further study
Everyone deserves a chance to start over, despite one's age. YWCA’s Yo Life Club, which aims to support young mothers, joined hands with an educational institution to bring young mothers and university students together in an innovative English learning project. The project allowed young mothers to fulfil their duties as mothers, and learn English and equip themselves at the same time.
Yo Life Club cooperated with the educational institution EDvengers to launch the “Young Mother’s Career and Life Development Service - Yo Life School” project. 16 university students joined as volunteers and devised English learning programmes for 29 young mother participants, based on their English proficiency. They worked together to design learning materials, listening training games, etc. The activities also deepened university volunteers’ understanding of the young mothers, and cultivated empathy for the society. To enable mothers to focus their attention on learning, 11 elderly volunteers who had many years of community service experience were recruited to help take care of the young children. The arrangement facilitated inter-generational inclusiveness too.
One of the participants, who has only lower secondary level, said that her sole concern has been taking good care of her child since giving birth. It was difficult for her to leave the newborn baby behind and have classes elsewhere. Yet, the childcare services provided by the English learning project set her at ease, and therefore let her better concentrate on her study. With the lively and practical classes, she has greater confidence in speaking, taking interviews and writing emails in English, and hence makes her a valuable asset to any workplace.