Ruth Hayman Trust December 2016 Newsletter
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21 December 2016
December Newsletter and 33 years of the Ruth Hayman Trust!
NATECLA supports the Ruth Hayman Trust as our official charity partner and our members were delighted to attend Sheila Rosenberg's recent retirement party in celebration of 33 years of the Trust's work. Their December newsletter is below.
Read more about Ruth and her incredible life which inspired the work of the Ruth Hayman Trust in an interview with retiring Chair, Sheila Rosenberg. Highlights are below and full interview is on Ruth Hayman Trust website
Sheila, tell us about Ruth Hayman and why you set up the Trust in her name?
Ruth was truly remarkable. Her indefatigable and courageous work as an anti-apartheid lawyer in South Africa, where she worked with many eminent campaigners, led inevitably to her being banned. So in the late 1960s she came to London. She could not work as a lawyer here, so she turned her attention to the language needs of recently arrived immigrants - mainly women. She retrained as a language teacher and set up Neighbourhood English, gathering both local and national support to run classes across eight north London boroughs. She was central to the establishment of the national association of ESOL teachers, NATESLA (now NATECLA) in 1978 and became its first secretary. I worked closely with her in all this and developed the greatest respect for her energy, forensic mind and total commitment. When she died in 1981 there was unanimous agreement that NATESLA should found a charity in her honour.