Delivered by TAFE NSW – in partnership with the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), the course took place at Hampden Park Public School in Lakemba, where participants took part in a series of activities, learning about communication, stress management and volunteering.
Department of Education’s Refugee Support Leader Mark Goudkamp said the event showed the power of education both to unite and empower even the most vulnerable in our communities.
“It is great to see these Rohingya women become more visible participants in their communities and their society more generally,”Mark Goudkamp
“It is great to see these Rohingya women become more visible participants in their communities and their society more generally,” he said.
“Educated mums can only benefit the school experience for their children.”
One of the course facilitators Sageda Bahadhurmia said all of the participants enjoyed their studies and were keen now to improve their English while further developing their skills.
“Many are interested in undertaking a childcare course or computer studies as their confidence is growing,” he said.
“The course has also been beneficial emotionally and helped to reduce their anxiety, and rather than just sitting at home, it has given them a lot of hope for the future.”
For more info, go to startts.org.au