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Deesha Graduation 2015

Published: 15 Jun 2015


Local women celebrated graduating from the English for Speakers of Other Langauges (ESOL) Deesha programme on Friday 12 June.

This year's groups celebrated completing the course in a graduation ceremony. The ceremony began with a warm welcome and congratulations from Brenda Landers, Head of Swanlea School, who emphasised the importance of education for all ages before Luanna Watson, Project Coordinator, expressed how proud she was of this year's groups.

The graduates came up to collect their certificates in front of their families and classmates in their study groups. Two students took to the front to say a few words in English about what completing the course has meant to them.

I am very happy that I have taken part in the course because I now have a qualification and my english is better. It has also helped me get my confidence back and become a stronger person."
Anwira, Deesha graduate

The Deesha programme is a free course made up of simple English classes that works with local women to improve their spoken and written English in a supportive environment. As well as developing English skills, it also aims to improve the women's confidence. The course is accredited through Open College Network (OCN) from Entry 1 to Level 2 enabling the majority of our learners to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. This year saw nearly 150 local women participate in the programme. 


Toynbee Hall runs free English classes on Modays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time. 

If you would like to enrol for a course, please email or drop in to our recption.

Find out more about The Deesha programme