We are incredibly excited to announce that we have a new program for 2017! Our Family Learning Club will be launching at Truganina South Primary School next month as part of the Refugee Education Support Program (RESP) in partnership with the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Foundation House, and the Department of Education.
The program is aimed at fostering community connections, social development and educational support for 25 children in Prep to Year 2 and their families. This weekly program will be an interactive learning experience and take place after-school on a Tuesday from 3:30-5pm. As an after-school program, the Family Learning Club will provide a consistent support structure to families that have recently arrived in Truganina.
As this is a project-based initiative the activities will involve gradual progress each week with a final goal achieved after multiple weeks. For example, the first terms focus is to choreograph a dance routine that will be showcased to an audience in the latter weeks of the term. Generally, a range of opportunities that support social and educational development will be included in the program with project topics ranging from gardening to science and crafting to sports. These workshops will allow the children to develop life skills such as critical thinking, communication and inter-personal skills as well as enhancing their educational outcomes.
Bobby Allen, Project Manager, explains how the goal of the Family Learning Club is to include the children’s parents and guardians in the program. It is critical they participate in facilitating their child's learning and that they themselves benefit from the program. As a result, each week in the final 30 minutes of the program whilst the children are playing games or completing team bonding exercises, the parents will participate in a discussion with a staff member from the school or local community outreach group. Thus, they will become more informed about how to navigate the Australian school system, the range of support options available locally and information about the vicinity such as public transport and health services.
Undoubtedly, the Family Learning Club program is an innovative initiative that will provide the necessary support to parents and children at Truganina South Primary School, and what’s great about the program is that it will be delivered in a fun, energetic and interactive way. Our RMCC team are in the final stages of preparation before we kick of and are eagerly awaiting the program’s launch in the third week of February.
Like all RMCC project,s the program will be run by an amazing group of energetic volunteers who share a strong desire to help improve the lives of refugee and migrant families in Melbourne’s West. If this sounds like you, then we would love for you to get in touch as we are still recruiting for volunteer mentors to join the Family Learning Club program! To apply, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and state any skills you have that are relevant to the mentor role.