“I don’t want to be a burden on the government, I want to be an asset, ” says Kainaaz, a Chatterbox tutor and exiled film producer and director. “if I could make myself useful at any point with Chatterbox, as a conversation partner or as a helper in any other way, I would love to do that.”

Chatterbox trains and employs refugee academics and professionals to teach their native languages. The venture simultaneously catalyses refugee integration into the UK workforce and tackles the costly language skills deficit losing the UK economy and estimated £48 billion every year. We aim to highlight the immense untapped potential and value within the refugee community.

Mursal Hedayat, founder of Chatterbox with tutor Eiad

Eiad teaching his student Francis

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Chatterbox trains and employs refugee academics and professionals to teach their native languages. The venture is the brainchild of Mursal Hedayat, who arrived in the UK as a refugee from Afghanistan alongside her family. Mursal thought of employing refugees as language tutors as a way to help those refugees settle into their new lives, meet local people and boost their employability. SOAS University of London have commissioned Chatterbox to deliver 400 hours of conversation practice to their students, commencing this week. Over the coming year, as Chatterbox recruits more tutors, it aims to build partnerships with more higher education institutions and business across the UK to deliver this service.

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