Elias grew up in his native Palestine before moving to Britain in pursuit of a University education. Elias moved to Northern Ireland in 1991 where he studied and worked in business and finance before subsequently gaining qualifications in computing. Since 1999, Elias has been a lecturer in ICT and now teaches at the Belfast Metropolitan College.
Elias has a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector having served on a number of committees and has been a member of the Northern Ireland sub-group of the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration.
Elias is interested in Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) issues and understands the difficulties encountered when attempting to settle and integrate in their new environment. He believes that education, empowerment and the promotion of human rights as well as the recognition and acceptance by the majority communities would not only benefit BME groups and individuals but would greatly benefit the whole of our society.
Elias has been the Chairman of Bryson Intercultural since 2006 and is currently Chairman of An Munia Tober.
Matt grew up in the height of the troubles with a keen interest in community work from an early age.
Matt graduated in Youth and Community Work in Jordanstown before moving to Berlin in 1985 where we qualified as a Social Educator while working on numerous social projects. Following the fall of the Berlin wall, Matt returned to Belfast and spent years delivering community relations projects in rural and urban areas.
Matt completed an MSc in Education and Contemporary Society at the University of Ulster in 2000. In 2010 he initiated a widely regarded inclusion project with BME young people in Lisburn, work which has received rewards and media coverage. As former Chairman of the Tor Bank Special School Parent Staff Association, he led a lobbying campaign that resulted in the construction of a new school.
Matt is currently Vice Chairman with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust. With the UNESCO Centre, he is currently investigating the impact of the divided system of education on the career choices of teachers.
Janet has thirty years of language teaching which has included French, Spanish and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Janet has experience in secondary, grammar and Further Education sectors. She spent two years teaching in Tanzania, where she gained insight into learning as an adult through learning Swahili.
Janet has 11 years recent experience in teaching ESOL classes in which she delivered a wide range of levels from beginners through to advanced level. She has also been a teacher assessor on the City and Guilds Skills for Life accreditation for the last seven years.
Janet has played a key role in developing the Open College Network language skills accreditation programme. She was also part of the team who developed the syllabus for the accredited Steps programme for Modern Languages at Belfast Met.
Currently Janet teaches ESOL class at the Chinese Welfare Association and teaches English to refugees at NICRAS.
Janet has been a member of Bryson Intercultural board since 2011 and has used her experience to develop an accredited programme with Open College Network (OCN) NI for vocational purposes in the Care Sector for non-native speakers of English.
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