Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has welcomed a new program at two local high schools, aimed at supporting and integrating students, and their families, with refugee and migrant backgrounds.
More than $480,000 of Federal Government funding was provided for the Youth, Family, School and Community Program under the Strong and Resilient Communities grant.
Mr Keenan today congratulated the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC) and said its work will continue to build inclusion and cohesion in the Stirling community.
“Economic and social integration by new migrants and their families is vital to their future,” Mr Keenan said.
“Feeling connected to their new home or school, and being part of Australian society creates a sense of worth and belonging.”
The project is running in partnership with the MMRC at both Balga Senior High School and Dianella Secondary College; suburbs which have the highest levels of refugee and migrant settlement in WA.
A full-time project officer will implement the program across the two campuses, in relevant languages, which will include:
– Workshops and information sessions on school curriculum and culture
– Academic and social welfare support services
– An annual camp for students and their parents
– An annual ‘Harmony Day’ event for the entire school community
“Students will receive active support enabling them to explore their options for training and education post-high school,” Mr Keenan said.
“The program will also encourage greater engagement with other recreational activities, including sport and the arts.”
“The Federal Government remains committed to helping humanitarian entrants, especially during their first five years after arriving in Australia, so that they can build a better life and become self-sufficient, fully functioning members of our community.”
Eighty-three organisations received a total of $36.6 million in funding under the Strong and Resilient Communities grants program.