Refugee children are often years behind the education level they should be at for their age. We have registered students who are 9-years-old who are not able to properly read or write or do so at a first grade level. This is because refugee children often miss months, if not years, of school because they must hide with their parents to avoid unlawful persecution. When the refugee families flee, the journey and asylum process can take months or years, which prohibits children from attending school. Furthermore, there is a language barrier that they must overcome in order to learn in the final destination they arrive at.
This infringement on their educational rights impacts the trajectory of their lives and limits their future opportunities. First Bricks is a project that was originally spearheaded by a group of volunteers in 2019. Since then, it has grown to over 300 volunteers who teach over 1,000 refugee children educational and social skills via online classes. There are currently over 60 classes offered that range from basic math to learning a second language, art classes to a wide selection of science classes, and more!
Every child deserves equal access to a high quality education regardless of their race, religion, or place of birth. Please join Embrace Relief and the First Bricks mission to give child refugees a chance to learn and grow during the most vital developmental years of their lives by becoming a volunteer teacher or donating today! Donations go towards school supplies, books, and gifts for the children and buying computers for volunteer teachers so they can teach and easily connect with the students enrolled in the programs.
Are you interested in becoming a First Bricks volunteer? Become a Volunteer!
Would you like to register as a student? Become a Student!
If you’d like to learn more about the project, please visit https://www.firstbricks.org/ .