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.
Our volunteer teachers are professionals in their areas of focus who invest their time and knowledge in the students. Access to a proper education is crucial for the development and well-being of our communities.
School offers a place of refuge for children who are coming from difficult homes or situations. First Bricks provides these children with a safe space to express themselves and connect with people their age who come from a similar situation. First Bricks aids in the educational, social, and emotional development of every refugee child that registers. The program and classes provided are completely free and virtual for the students and volunteer teachers who register.
First Bricks allows refugee school-aged children to get a quality education, improve their social awareness, and hone their academic, social, problem solving, relationship, and leadership skills. Our classes include academic, social, and cultural classes which holistically aid in the development of their psychological and social development.
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 200 volunteers who teach over 3,700 refugee children educational and social skills via online classes. There are currently over 200 virtual classes offered in 20 subjects 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/ .