“My name is Farid. I am one of about 50 students from the Arden school. I came to Canada as a refugee seeking a better life. We are fortunate to have come to the most beautiful country in the world and to make it even better I had a chance to study ESL. I started going to Arden to learn English. At first, I thought it would be difficult because I did not know anything but the alphabet. But, I was lucky to meet David and Andy and the great volunteers. The way in which the lessons were explained was wonderful and the teachers were nice and kind with us. I remember them all – and I remember that the teacher was so proud of me when I made the first sentence by myself. He was very happy.
The most interesting part was that when we finished the lessons we used to go with the teachers to practice what we had learned in the class by talking to people in public places. The purpose of this was to build self-confidence and learn our errors in pronunciation and work to overcome it. Teachers used to tell me, if you want to learn, you will learn. You must review the lessons you have learned during the day at school.
After 2 years of studying hard I felt I could rely on myself and find a permanent job. All this was thanks to the efforts of David and Andy Foster and the volunteers who are working hard to help build this community.”