I hope this update finds you safe and in good health. In celebration of this year's Refugee Week, I wanted to give you an update on the Refugee Language Program and the impact your gift continues to have on our students.
2020 was off to a great start for the Refugee Language Program, but by the time March arrived, we were left with no choice but to put face to face teaching on hold. We were determined to continue our teachings and support for our students, so we initiated the Distance Learning Program to ensure the program could continue through the lock-down period.
We now have 35 students enrolled and I am so proud of the way our students and volunteers have adapted to our long distance program. Click here to read the University's recent article on the impact of the Refugee Language Program for students during COVID-19.
For students with access to computers, their lessons can take place through Zoom, but many of our students don't have access to computers, so educational resources like worksheets are mailed to students to ensure they are able to continue their lessons.
Some of our students are managing during this isolation period, but others have lost their work, had shifts drastically cut, and many are not eligible for Centrelink. While we are mainly safe here, some of our students have received terrible news about their families and friends in their country of birth. The Distance Learning Program has allowed us to support our students during this difficult time.
I was able to set up this program thanks to the donations we receive, for that I really cannot thank you enough. Thanks to your support we are able to provide more resources for our students and tutors. Recently we were able to purchase a dozen readers for students and two laptops for tutors to manage the Distance Learning Program.
Thanks to your generosity, the program has continued for our students throughout this very difficult time, helping to maintain and improve their language skills and to provide information and support to get them through this pandemic. We have so many wonderful people who engage with the program. One of our students, Batouli, has never been to school but she is now learning to read and write. This wouldn't be possible without your support.
If you are in a position to, please consider renewing your support for the Refugee Language Program by making a 100% tax-deductible gift today. Thank you so much for believing in our work.
Coordinator of the Refugee Language Program