The mission of the Wilaya Trust is to cultivate communities—communities forged through a commitment to learning and to our locale. Towards this, the Trust has long held its Oxford-based classes in person. Such a form of education, in which teachers and students develop their knowledge together, is essential for the flourishing of knowledge and understanding in local communities.
However, there are times where this is not possible. There are moments (such as in the present lockdown) where people are movement is restricted. Parents are raising the young, or the disabled, may wish to participate in their local learning but are not able to physically attend. Our current economy also means that people are simply forced to travel or be away from their homes (or work from home!) more than ever before.
To address all of these needs, the Wilaya Trust is thus pleased to announce the launch of its online classes. The Trust will now be broadcasting its courses online, so students can log in and continue their learning with their local and trusted teachers. Of course, there will be some things that do not lend themselves to online delivery—many workshops, for example, are meant to cultivate knowledge through practicing skills or crafts together. Nonetheless, whenever feasible, we will work to make what we do available online.
We hope this will make the Wilaya Trust's educational and social activities more accessible to a wider array of people in our community. Because we believe that interaction with real teachers (and not mere recordings) lies at the heart of understanding, the broadcasts will remain live.
If this something that people you know may benefit from, please do share this news with them. And if you benefit from it yourself, consider supporting the Wilaya Trust and donating to these efforts.