Samiullah Mosafer is a 20-year-old student from Afghanistan. He emigrated to the United States with his family in late 2021 after violence erupted in his home country.
Mosafer’s native language is Pashto. Now that he is in the United States, he says it is important to learn English to achieve his goals of completing his education and starting a small business.
“Without English, my life will be hard here,” Mosafer said. “If I do not know English, I will be faced with a lot of problems, like I can’t get a job easily, I can’t understand anyone. I can’t do anything as well here, because it is English everywhere.”
Mosafer completed the Level 2 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course at the New Community Adult Learning Center in the spring. He improved his English skills.
He is happy to have his family’s support. He has six brothers and two sisters.
“The most important people in my life are my family members,” he said. “I am nothing without them, and I love them very much. They are supporting me in everything.”
The New Community Adult Learning Center serves students who are 16 years old and older and out of the school system. It provides a comprehensive array of day, evening and Saturday educational programs to prepare students for a vocational or college education. Courses include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Citizenship, Computers, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-High School Equivalency (HSE) and HSE. The Adult Learning Center is located at 563 Orange St., Newark. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 973-558-5536 for additional information.