The program aims to help parents from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds to become more involved in their child’s education. We work with families to help them understand the Australian education system and encourage them to be involved in their children’s school.
We work with schools on understanding the communities of the children they teach. We also assist the schools in understanding how to best respond to the needs of families from those communities, and how to overcome the barriers the families face.
The program also assists in communication and mediation between the families and schools.
The program is based at the Connie Benn Centre in Fitzroy.
Refugee, asylum seeker and migrant families with children in upper primary or secondary school, living in and around the Fitzroy area, are eligible for the program.
Parent School Connect at the Connie Benn Centre 160 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 Phone: (03) 9426 1500 Email: conniebenncentrereception(at)yarracity.vic.gov.au
Program contact: Aguer Athian, aathian(at)bsl.org.au
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