Learning through conversation

The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) offers a five week literacy and numeracy program aimed at different community group in Melbourne’s north western region. The program has been running since October 2015 and has attracted students from a number of backgrounds including, Sudanese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Cypriot, Somalian, Thai, Pakistani … just to name a few.

‘Originally, our students came from the other services that we provide at MRC (settlement for new migrant and refugees, diversity and disability, youth groups).  Since then, our students have helped spread the word amongst their groups and our numbers are improving week by week’, says Paul Evans, student recruitment and administration officer at MRC North West Region Inc.

The course is getting stronger and more popular within local communities, and the trainers make the classes as interactive as possible by engaging students in conversations – even taking the students to the local shops in St Albans!

‘We encourage our students to participate in further vocational studies once they have complete the program. One of our students, Ranee, completed the five week literacy and numeracy program last year and her literacy and numeracy skills have improved tenfold since. She is now enrolled onto our Certificate III in Individual Support and recently started as a volunteer at her children’s primary school canteen’, says Paul.