Jacari’s mission is to improve the confidence and English language skills of young people through our free tuition scheme. We work with those who have English as an additional language and are at risk of not achieving their full potential.
Jacari is an innovative, award-winning student charity that matches up student volunteers with disadvantaged children aged 7-16 who don’t speak English as their first language (EAL) and are struggling at school. Jacari operates in Bristol and Oxford. We have over 200 volunteers across the two branches.
Our student volunteers spend an hour a week helping a child with their language skills and general confidence. This one-to-one support has been proven to improve academic performance at school and raise the child’s confidence outside the classroom.
We also hold fun events and outings for children involved in the Jacari scheme, and within the university sphere we seek to raise awareness of the issues facing the communities we work in through events for students and the public.
Jacari was originally founded as a politically activist group in Oxford in 1956 as the Joint Action Committee Against Racial Intolerance.
Equality: We recognise that people are different and unique, with diverse talents which should be celebrated and shared. We are driven by the belief that everyone should have equality of opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Aspiration: We believe that everyone can achieve highly with the right support. We aim to inspire confidence and encourage an ambitious mindset in every young person we work with.
Love of Learning: We recognise that engaging young people in their learning is best done through showing that learning can be fun, enjoyable and enriching. All staff and volunteers model this value and are committed to lifelong learning.
Community: We work to create connections and foster solidarity between diverse communities in society through collaboration and volunteering.
EAL (English as an additional language)
One million children aged 6-15 in the UK speak in excess of 360 languages between them, in addition to English.
Educational attainment is hindered by a lack of EAL resources in many schools in the UK.
There are over 15,000 school-age young people who have English as an additional language across Oxford and Bristol.