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Melbourne midfielder teams up with NMIT students for Refugee Week

19 Jun 2013

Melbourne Football Club midfielder and Australia Post AFL multicultural ambassador, David Rodan will be a special guest at NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Epping campus tomorrow where he will talk with students, and help celebrate Refugee Week.

The visit is part of a program to assist young migrant students enrolled at Epping, particularly those enrolled in NMIT's Young Adult Migrant Education (YAMEC).

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to hear about the about the importance of culture, diversity, and learning from AFL star David Rodan who was the first Fijian player to be drafted to an AFL club” said NMIT Student Pathways Advisor, Martin Healy.

“It's fantastic that the AFL and NMIT are supporting our YAMEC students, by giving them opportunities and helping them to achieve their full potential. This is about the AFL and NMIT promoting opportunities, linking young people into sports and their own sporting communities, and the importance of cultural diversity.

“Many people that live in the Whittlesea community, are from refugee backgrounds and study here at NMIT. Maybe David's visit will result in the next rising AFL star coming from a multicultural background, and the journey would have started here at NMIT.”

While the YAMEC students are excited about a “Demons” player coming to Epping, NMIT is also in discussion with the Carlton Football club (NMIT Epping falls into the Carlton FC region) regarding NMIT students participating in Carlton's I am New Blue program - a specifically designed program to engage international and newly arrived migrant students from Melbourne's TAFE's and Universities.

The Carlton program provides students with an opportunity to go to three AFL games for free, tour Carlton's training facilities, and attend a special Carlton 'Super Clinic'.

“We're hoping we can foster an ongoing relationship with Carlton,” added Healy.

YAMEC (Young Adult Migrant Education Course) is designed for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds aged 15-26 who have not completed schooling in their home country, and need to improve their English language and literacy skills. The course also covers subjects including Maths, Computers, Australian Culture, and Government, and is the first step into mainstream education, vocational training, and employment.

What: Melbourne AFL player, David Rodan, talks to NMIT (Epping) YAMEC students as part of Refugee Week.
When: Thursday 20 June 2013 1 pm - 2pm
Where: NMIT Epping campus.

See fact sheet below re Refugee Week and NMIT YAMEC programs.

FACT SHEET - REFUGEE WEEK

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees, and to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

Refugee Week is always held from Sunday to Saturday of the week which includes 20 June (World Refugee Day).

In 2013, Refugee Week will be held from Sunday 16 June to Saturday 22 June. The theme for Refugee Week for 2013 is Restoring Hope.

The Refugee Week theme has a number of important functions:

  • It raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees to help the broader community understand what it is like to be a refugee.
  • It helps to make Refugee Week a national celebration providing a focal point for events across Australia, uniting separate activities into a single nationwide celebration.
  • It promotes harmony and togetherness, uniting individuals, communities and organisations from many different backgrounds behind a common cause.
  • It broadens the impact of Refugee Week with a common, cohesive message which can be promoted across the country, helping to maximise the effectiveness of awareness-raising activities.
  • The common theme is a reminder that, regardless of our differences, we all share a common humanity.


For more information on Refugee Week go to: www.refugeeweek.org.au

FACT SHEET - YAMEC at NMIT

YAMEC (Young Adult Migrant Education Course) is designed for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds aged 15-26, who have not completed schooling in their home country, and who need to improve their English language and literacy skills. The course also covers subjects including Maths, Computers, Australian Culture, and Government, and is the first step into mainstream education, vocational training, and employment.

Students are supported to overcome barriers to engagement in education through the program and their Student Pathways Advisor.

Courses available in NMIT's YAMEC program are delivered across the Institute's Epping, Collingwood, and Preston campuses, and cater for students from Beginner level to Certificate 3 ESL and VCAL.

Go to: Young Adult Migrant Education Courses (YAMEC) for more information.

Photo courtesy Takver/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Coordinator, James Gardener, on 03 92691579, 0413 483 182 or jamesgardener@nmit.edu.au

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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