Kurdistan school fundraiser to be held at Flavours by Kumar

Karen Constantine in Kurdistan

A fundraiser in aid of a school in Kurdistan is being held at the Flavours by Kumar restaurant in Ramsgate next week.

Following a recent, life-changing trip to Kurdistan, Ramsgate councillor Karen Constantine, is holding the event to raise cash for English language learning materials for the school in Barderash, in the Dohuk province of Kurdistan.

Cllr Constantine visited the region as part of the independence referendum and international election monitoring team, along with a host of MEPs, MPs and other dignitaries.

She said: “It’s an often-overused hyperbole, but this really was the ‘trip of a lifetime’. Not just for the obvious thrill of discovering a captivating country – Kurdistan is mesmerising – but the immersion into the referendum was like nothing else I have ever experienced, nor frankly, do I expect to again.”

With some time to explore and meet communities, Karen visited the school in Barderash and found it to be lacking in learning materials, including those in the English language.

The fundraiser will be aided by the Thanet language school community.


Lee Shutler, Director of Studies at Hilderstone College, said: “In conjunction with other local language schools, I will be collecting educational instructional materials that teachers can use to help students in Barderash have access to English.

“Through education and an ability to communicate in English, Kurdish communities have a greater opportunity to access what the world can offer in terms of university education, prosperity and commercial links.

“Through English, the world becomes a smaller place and the possibility to travel, work and understand the world becomes greater. Anything we can do to encourage peaceful communication across cultures is a positive step.”

The fundraiser

The event will be held at Flavours by Kumar, 2 Effingham Street, on Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm. It includes a set meal. There will also be a raffle with prizes, including a framed photograph from Mel Chennell and a copy of Labour’s Manifesto signed by Jeremy Corbyn, wine and other treats, and there will be speakers.

Tickets cost  £22. Fifty per cent will go to the fundraiser.

For information contact [email protected] or call 07984 532212.

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