The Tutor's Role

Providing the most basic education for young children is a relatively easy challenge to take on - but for young people in their teens and twenties who need education, there are fewer opportunities for them to pursue. This is where a link between a tutor and a small group of refugee students is important.

Having established the subject with which the tutor will be engaging, a RESPECT local Co-ordinator will select five or six students from the local refugee school and community. The students will be high-school "graduates". The tutor will plan the program ahead. Each course is comprised of ten assignments, lasting about a year.

It is usually best for tutors to post the assignments collectively to the students in care of the local RESPECT co-ordinator. Deadlines for completion of assignments should be encouraged for students to do the necessary work. This will help to maintain the momentum, as will reliable communications.

Sufficient time for postal communication to take place must be allowed, and the knowledge that some students may have other work commitments too and therefore may need additional time. Tutors may keep in touch with the local Co-ordinator in order to find out when assignments have arrived, and when the students have posted their work. This helps tutors to organize time for this work.

At the end of the course, a RESPECT University Certificate of Completion will be awarded to each student who successfully completes the course, by the tutor, and where required, the tutor writes references for the students, highlighting positive aspects of their course participation.

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