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African students log on to a better future

15 Dec 2011

After coming to a new world, three NMIT students are gaining better access to the online world thanks to NMIT and Mission Australia Employment Services.

The three students, Mohamed Hersi, Romia Kori and Sharrif Ubdirahman, who all study the Certificate II in Spoken and Written English at NMIT's Preston campus, will be presented with their own personal computers next Tuesday.

“The presentation is particularly special for Mohamed and Romia as neither has ever owned a computer before,” says NMIT Student Pathways Officer, Shona Stephen who organised with Mission Australia to supply the computer equipment to the students.

All three students are originally from the African continent and Mohamed (Ethiopia) and Romia (Sudan) arrived in Australia as refugees.

The reconditioned computer equipment has been made available by Mission Australia Employment Solutions as part its New Life program that aims to give jobseekers skills in building and reconstructing computers.

“Having ready access to their own computer allows these students to further their English language skills and computer literacy in their own home. The equipment will assist the students in reducing the social isolation that non-English speaking migrants and refugees can experience as well as helping them in their vocational and study aspirations,” said Ms Stephen.

What: Presentation of computer equipment to NMIT Certificate II in Spoken and Written English Students.
Where: NMIT Preston Campus, Building T 104.
When: 12:15 pm


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