Wishaw Press

A help in anybody’s language


A Polish-born Wishaw woman is helping Ukrainian refugees arriving in her homeland by giving free language tutorials.

Language teacher Joanna Mazzocchi has been living in the North Lanarkshir­e town for the past six years with husband Marco and their 10-year-old daughter.

Teaching at a Polish school in Glasgow, Joanna has now started the online lessons with scores of Ukrainian refugees who fled over the border to Poland following the Russian invasion earlier this year.

Joanna said:“I am currently doing a technical qualificat­ion at the University of Gdansk, but the university are working with voluntary groups and churches.

“At the moment I have four groups which we do online every Tuesday and Thursday.

“It’s a mixed group which means I am teaching nine- to 90-year-olds.

“We also have families who are learning together.

“I have also been learning Ukrainian as their alphabet is different to English and Polish.

“I’ve been looking at YouTube tutorials which have been a substantia­l help.”

Around five million Ukrainians have left their country since the start of hostilitie­s.

Joanna’s work colleagues have been busy fundraisin­g to help refugees.

She added:“I teach at a Polish School in Glasgow and also teach Polish to English and Scottish speakers.

“We have been doing a lot of work and collecting money to help those refugees in Poland.

“We are in touch with the group who are helping to refurbish an orphanage building in Szamocin.

“I have been really pleased with the number of people in Wishaw who are helping, whether it’s collecting goods or donating money.”

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Joanna Mazzocchi
Helping hand Joanna Mazzocchi

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