August 26 2015
KILDONAN UnitingCare and Save the Children Australia have joined forces to run a program aimed at helping young students from newly arriving families with basic numeracy and literacy activities, and volunteers are currently being sought to give primary and secondary school children a helping hand with their reading and schoolwork.
The program will run in conjunction with Kildonan’s current homework program for teenagers, which is carried out once a week at both Shepparton High School and the Shepparton English Language Centre.
Save the Children Australia Program Team Leader, Maree Chin said the program would help give the children a sound start to their education.
“Not only will the program improve the literacy and numeracy skills of the students, but it will help improve their self-esteem and increase their confidence and engagement with learning,” Ms Chin said.
Kildonan UnitingCare Senior Manager New Arrival Support Services, Teresa Carney said the volunteer tutors are paramount to the success of the program.
“Volunteers do not need specific educational qualifications as training is provided and whilst experience in a primary or secondary school setting would be helpful, we really just need our volunteers to be supporting, patient, organised and reliable,” Ms Carney said.
Volunteers must give permission for a National Police Record and Working with Children check. An information session for volunteers will be held in the coming weeks and interested volunteers will be contacted.
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