Olga Education & Training Project (OETP) is an educational charity organisation aimed at improving services for socially excluded and disadvantaged people, groups and individuals. OETP started in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1999 and provided study support in SATs (Key stage 2-4), GCSE & A-level in Science, Maths and ICT at both Olga Primary School, and Queen Mary University. Operating on a voluntary basis, our teachers succeeded in raising the educational achievements and self-esteem of young people living around the socially disadvantaged area of Tower Hamlets. In this endeavour, raising educational awareness among Bangladeshi, Somalian and other Asian parents and children was a paramount objective.

 

 

The charity is run by a committee of trustees who work in coordination with professional staff members.   All of whom have a great deal of experience in many sectors of educational and training within the UK. This has involved working with all age groups from seven year old to adult learners. We have achieved this by offering an excellent learning environment that is accessible to all. It is our purpose as an educational charity located in the middle of East London to advance our community by developing in our beneficiaries’ skills, capacities and capabilities which will help them participate fully in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.  This will be accomplished by enhancing the abilities of the  people, parents and volunteers of Tower Hamlets and its surrounding boroughs.  We will achieve this by providing them with a high quality of education, training and advice.

Since 2009 OETP have been delivering training alongside for adults. This involves Apprentiship,  NVQ (QCF) in Customer Service, Health and Social Care. OCR-IT, food hygiene ESOL, advice and guidance and job search skills.

Our staff is made up of local residents who are well qualified and professionals who have a vast amount of collective experience in educational provision.  We understand the issues and difficulties that many residents have with accessing and succeeding in education.  Consequently, we are driven with a desire to encourage people to unlock their potential by assisting them develop valuable skills in a supportive and friendly environment and to maximise all our impact on our neighbourhood by encouraging volunteers to participate enthusiastically in all our activities.


Some Research Facts about Tower Hamlets

  • Research carried out by Neighbourhood Statistics Data 2010 revealed that Tower Hamlets has the third highest proportion of adults claiming benefits in London. Every ward except one has a higher than average proportion of adults claiming benefits within London. Our training projects were designed after consultation with community members and organizations over a series of discussions. 
  • The London Poverty Profile indicates that the average attainment results for 2011-12 shows the proportion of children who do not attain a Level 4 in English and maths in Key Stage 2 examinations in Tower Hamlets is 28%. Children are expected to reach Level 4 in the final year of primary school. London saw a seven percentage point drop in proportions failing to get Level 4 in 2010-11 (Source: Londonspovertyprofile)
  • 67% of White British pupils on Free School Meal (FSM) do not achieve 5 good GCSEs compared to 38% of Bangladeshi
  • Census 2001 shows that 76% of the school age population in Tower Hamlets is from the minority ethnic groups mostly Bangladeshi, Somalian and Indians. Children and young people facing multiple anti-social problems, i.e. drug and alcohol abuse, gang fighting, obesity, petty crime, underachievement, poor literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Tower Hamlets Council 2020 Community Plan targets to reduce the proportion of 16-18 year olds who aren’t in education, employment or training from 8.2% to 6%. It also wants to Increase the number of young people from families with low incomes going on to higher education as well as to increase the number of young people participating in positive activities.


Our Missions. 

It is our purpose as an educational charity located in the middle of East London to advance our community by developing in our beneficiaries’ skills, capacities and capabilities. This will be accomplished by enhancing the abilities of the young and adults ,  and volunteers of Tower Hamlets and its surrounding boroughs.  We will achieve this by providing them with a high quality of education, training and advice. 


Our Vision

Our staffs are made up of local residents who have a vast amount of collective experience in education provision.  We understand the issues and difficulties that many local residents have with accessing and succeeding in education.  Consequently, we are driven with a desire to encourage people to unlock their potential by assisting them develop valuable skills in a supportive and friendly environment and to maximise all our impact on our neighborhood by encouraging volunteers to participate enthusiastically in all our activities


Our Ethos

Tower Hamlets is a diverse multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community.  To reflect this we strictly adhere to the principles of Equal Opportunities in regards to the educational services that we provide to the community and in our recruitment policy for staff and students. We have fully qualified, committed and caring staffs that seek to encourage and support every student so that he or she can develop their potential and personality. We show by example the importance of respect and moral values for all the people in the community.  We consider people as individuals and have a commitment to recognize and cater for their personal needs in regards to education, sociability and moral sensibility.