Cultural Literacy

Students-fpFor our communities, we have established a comprehensive curriculum to stimulate and empower our  youth that cater to all relevant aspects of Eritrean-American life. Classes at the Eritrean Community Center of the Bay Area are free, provided as a service to our Community and neighbors.

The Cultural Literacy and Education Program (CLEP) includes, but is not limited to, language, academic/career support, history and cultural services that engage our local young  populations. These programs provide young Eritrean Americans, and other participants, to the cultural diversity of Eritrea as well as to the complex inter-related history of Eritrea and its Diaspora.

CLEP classes are every Saturday and are accessible to new students throughout the year (rolling entry). Students are required to attend the entire program (3 hours). The schedule is as follows:

  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Language class (Arabic and/or Tigrinya)
  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Cultural Identity and Skills Transfer (4 week cycles)
    • Academic/professional support services
    • History series
    • Academic/professional support services
    • CLEP series
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Special Program (include film screenings, field trips, nutritional and health workshops)

Our services must also address the needs of recent Eritrean arrivals and offer relevant support services. To help new arrivals and the many members of our community who would like to improve their English skills, we offer weekly, English as a second language courses following the CLEP classes. Classes are offered from 3:00PM – 4:00PM on Saturdays.