ONAC was established in June 2020 with the objective of serving the North African Community, and does this by focussing on cultural, educational and social aspects within the community.
In doing so, ONAC’s programme address many of the issues and problems the community is currently facing. A grassroots organisation, ONAC has five committees – Education, Social, Financial, Media and Communication, and External Relations – which address different needs. Each committee is run by volunteers from within the North African community.
Asylum Welcome has been instrumental in supporting ONAC’s activities, providing financial support, legal help and, more importantly, general advice on how to organise activities and support members of the community in need.
Perhaps the best example of how ONAC is already helping members of the community is Al-Amal Oxford Arabic School, which was established in October 2021,
Many parents within the North African Community in Oxford want to teach their children the Arabic language from an early age, and because this need was not met in the UK schooling system ONAC saw the need to address this issue and did so. Al-Amal Oxford Arabic School runs Sunday Arabic classes for children aged five to fifteen.