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Supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to settle into community and school life is an important part of Save the Children’s work in Australia.
Part of our It Takes a Village program, Live and Learn provides intensive support to primary and high school students from refugee backgrounds living in the Gosnells and Armadale areas of Perth.
Why supporting refugee children is important
Adapting to life in Australia can be hard for some young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Many school-aged children find it difficult to complete their homework - as English may be foreign to them, or they may not have been receiving an education before resettlement in Australia.
Some young people lack community programs that meet their needs, and can’t access the learning resources or support they need in their homes.
Save the Children’s Live and Learn program
The Live and Learn: Multicultural Homework and Life Skills Support program provides educational, social and development support to improve the well-being of students from refugee backgrounds who are finding school and community life difficult.
Held weekly, each two-hour session provides students with assistance with their homework or other activities that improve their educational outcomes. They also participate in a life skills activity designed to improve their resilience, knowledge and build self-confidence.
Life skills sessions create a great opportunity for students to develop social and emotional skills that support their educational learning, positive behaviour, and constructive social relationships. The program also includes a bus pickup and drop-off service and school holiday excursions.
How we know children are learning new skills
Our Live and Learn program improves the academic achievements of participants through regular homework support. It also increases self-confidence and helps young people establish a connection with their community. In 2013, we provided support to 34 children from 15 families—all of whom arrived in Australia from the war torn countries of Burundi, Congo, Burma, Sudan and Somalia. The program was also highly commended at the Western Australia Children’s Week Awards in recognition for its support for children and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Who makes our program possible
The Live and Learn program is funded by Save the Children’s generous donors, as well as the Australian Department of Social Services.