VICSEG New Futures wins a 2019 Multicultural Award for Excellence in Education and Early Childhood


We are pleased to announce that the VICSEG New Futures Learning Together - A Parent and Child Literacy Program has won this prestigious Early Childhood award. 

We would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved in supporting the development and delivery of this program over the past 8 years!

The Learning Together program addresses barriers to learning English for over 300 parents and 500 young Victorian children each year. Delivered with support from local primary schools and settlement services, the program provides a supported learning environment, combining a pre-accredited English literacy course for parents, on-site child care and playgroup activities for parents and children to enjoy together. 

In their role as their child’s first teacher, parents are encouraged to embed a strong connection with their child’s home culture and ‘mother tongue’, while simultaneously learning more English language words and concepts alongside their young child. Parents are shown a range of creative and fun ways to enhance their children’s bilingual oral language development through songs, rhymes and games, as well as reading and stories. The program uses a strength-based approach to engage parents and children and is effective in supporting parents to read to their child in both English and their home language.

Learning Together has been found to have overwhelming positive outcomes for both parents and young children. The program has successfully engaged parents from a range of different cultural and language backgrounds and has proved equally valuable across all participating communities.

See list of award recipients here.

Image (L-R): Viv Nguyen (Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission) with Elias Tsigaras (VICSEG New Futures CEO) & Uzay Ceylan (Learning Together Program)