University of Manchester

Speak Up is a non-profit project under Enactus Manchester providing free English literacy lessons to migrant parents in local primary schools. We are currently in our sixth year of operation and work in five primary schools across Greater Manchester. Our main aim is to reduce the inequalities faced by migrants with little knowledge of English through our informal and conversational classes- we have created a comfortable environment in which foreign language learners are able to gain confidence.

Speak Up allows migrants to develop their English skills and apply them in a range of different contexts. This is important as it allows them to develop their communication skills and it supports social needs. A lack of provision for English language classes can lead to migrants feeling isolated which is detrimental to mental health. We aim to provide an effective solution to this which enables engagement within the community.

What Global Goals are we working towards?

4 – Quality Education

10 – Reduced Inequalities

How can you help us?

In order to expand we would like to work with the local council who could provide funding for quality materials, ESOL training and expansion into more schools in the Greater Manchester area.