River Nile Learning Centre
The new River Nile Learning Centre (RNLC) was established in 2017 to provide education programs and services to non-school age, refugee & asylum seeker women.
A requirement of our School’s registration was separation of services for adult learners.
RNLC depends 100% on grants, donations & fundraising.
RNLC core programs are:
• Foundation English (Pre-accredited EAL I & II) developing essential English language & literacy skills
• Numeracy, Work & Life Skills
RNLC aims to meet the needs of newly arrived women, who are not eligible to be enrolled in our School, and who would struggle to function in our community without our service.
RNLC has freedom to identify and pursue new opportunities, and to respond to the changing needs of refugees & asylum seekers, and their children.
UNIQUE SERVICES FOR OUR STUDENTS
Individual Learning Plans tailored to meet each student’s needs.
These are supported by a large number of volunteers who tutor students individually and in small groups.
Welfare Support to assist our students in managing language difficulties, insecure finance and housing and trauma in their lives.
MYKI public transport costs, staple foods & material aid are also provided.
This support removes barriers to student attendance & engagement.
Our licensed Childcare Centre looks after our student’s young children, while they study.
In childcare, children are prepared for kindergarten & primary school by fully qualified childcare educators, of African heritage, who were once refugees themselves.
On-site support is essential for children who have experienced trauma or have recently been released from immigration detention centres, as developing confidence just to be separated from their mum is a huge first step.
Our free childcare also enables students to focus on their studies without pressure to consider alternate (& costly) childcare.
Specialist Programs such as:
- work readiness
- women’s health
are offered to support language and life skill development, as well as emotional wellbeing.
These programs & services depend on community support.