Start up English for Syrian and Iraqi refugee families


Two innovative ACFE/Learn Local programs funded by the Department of Education and Training are starting in Term 3.   The programs are designed to give parents – particularly mothers - with small children the opportunity to begin learning English at their own comfort level.

Learning Together for Refugee Women is a program for women who may otherwise be excluded from participating in adult learning because of the need to care for children and/or grandchildren. The program incorporates play based learning as a first step towards participating in more formal learning environments.  Using a bilingual (English/Arabic) playgroup model, the program enables parents to stay and play together with their children, while building their basic English skills and gaining the sense of security and confidence they need to take on more formal education and training in the future.

Family Learning Partnerships addresses barriers to more formal learning for newly arrived refugee parents with young children. The program is delivered in partnership with local primary schools and settlement services.  It offers a supported learning environment for families that combines a pre-accredited English literacy course for parents with on-site child care, along with playgroup activities through which parents and children enjoy language learning together.

For more information, please contact Sayanti Bhatta on 9353 5811 or by email [email protected]

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