A twist on mother tongues

Youth Empowering Parents is a three-hour weekend ESL and computer skills class. Each adult is paired with a young volunteer from the same linguistic and cultural background.

She decided to come to YEP when her children got frustrated with trying to teach her English.

Her teacher is Hoore Jannat, 13.

“I came because I like helping people,” says Jannat, who was born in Bangladesh but came to Canada at age three.

Jaigirdar says working with Jannat is more like learning from a friend than a teacher. “If I don’t understand something, she can explain it to me in my own language,” she says.

The program, run out of the Regent Park Centre of Learning, wrapped up a pilot session in December. The second semester began on the weekend.

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