For the last 25 years, the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation has been working with Indigenous children and their families in Victoria from its Ballarat Learning Centre. This centre has been an extraordinary success, helping educate and mentor many thousands of children over this time, many of which have gone on to university and employment. This centre is the model for our new Melbourne Learning Centre.
The Melbourne Learning Centre will address a real and growing need to assist the many indigenous children and their families in Melbourne. With nearly half of all Indigenous Victorians living in the Melbourne area∗, there is a pressing need to help these families meet the challenges of education and life.
Dependent on funding arrangements presenting under negotiation, we envisage the centre will be established within the next six months. In the meantime our Melbourne work will take place at our present location at Ross House in the CBD. Our aim is for this centre to be a hub of activity, and we hope it will be used by many hundreds of children and their families consistently throughout the year.
The new Melbourne Learning Centre will offer the following free services;
- One-on-one tutoring with trained volunteers and teachers
- A children’s library
- Homework clubs
- IT & digital literacy support
- Free educational resources such as books and literacy backpacks
- A health and wellbeing centre which will be staffed by pro bono professionals with audiology, ophthalmology, speech pathology and nutrition backgrounds
- Literacy and Heritage camps
NSW Learning Centre
The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation looks forward to engaging with a significant new partner in Sydney, New South Wales, and opening up a new Learning Centre. This centre will be the focus of our NSW operations. From this location we expect to undertake programs and presentations that will not only advance our students, but also the capacity of the foundation.
Announcements regarding this new centre are expected by the end of 2014.
∗ Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011, http://www.abs.gov.au/