Changes to AMEP: Access to English Tuition

Changes to AMEP:  Access to English TuitionEnglish proficiency plays a central role in determining the successful integration of migrants into Australian society and is a key factor associated with education and employment outcomes. By providing measures for supporting migrants with low English proficiency to learn the national language, this action will facilitate social cohesion and national unity. The AMEP program will be changed and expanded access to the program will commence on April 19, 2021.

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Melbourne City FC backs Shepparton multicultural soccer group

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When Mezhgan Alizadah and her friends began organising casual games of soccer at Shepparton’s Ducat Reserve last November, they had to use makeshift goals from plastic water bottles.

Four months later, the now 30 person-strong group of multicultural youth and newly arrived refugees have been gifted not one soccer goal, but two, and a range of merchandise from Melbourne City Football Club.

Ethnic Council of Shepparton strategic engagement coordinator Sam Atukorala organised the sponsorship when he saw an article in the Shepparton News, calling for help to secure goals.

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Afghani refugee Aleena Qazikhil supports women in making Shepparton home

Aleena Qazikhil

Shepparton’s Aleena Qazikhil knows all about the strength of women.

As a child, she saw it in her mother who single-handedly raised Aleena and her five siblings in Afghanistan while Aleena’s father was trapped in a detention centre.

She ignited that same strength in herself when she arrived in Australia at 16 and grappled with strange new customs and a foreign tongue.

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High Commissioner’s Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

UNHCR LogoRacism won’t end without work. We must #FightRacism daily. Read the UN High Commissioner’s statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and how the United Nations are working to end the scourge of racism.

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Roundtable to tackle racism and social inclusion issues in Shepparton

Ms Betul TunaA new roundtable is set to meet to tackle the broader trends of racism and lack of social inclusion across Shepparton. Representatives from various cultural and Aboriginal communities, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, government departments and agencies, Greater Shepparton City Council and Greater Shepparton Secondary College will form a roundtable to meet later this month.

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Developing a National Anti-Racism Framework (2021)

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin TanAustralia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan has announced plans to develop a National Anti-Racism Framework and is calling on the Federal Government to support the framework, fully resource it and implement it. The Commission also aims to work in partnership with all sectors of Australian society because dismantling racism is a joint responsibility and will require a coordinated effort.

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Australia urged to adopt plan to fight ‘resurgence of racism’

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan

Australia needs a new national anti-racism framework to address prejudice against Asian Australians due to the coronavirus pandemic and the legacy of “hatred” towards Muslims following the Christchurch attacks, the race discrimination commissioner says.

Chin Tan will on Wednesday launch a concept paper for the framework ahead of Harmony Day on 21 March. In a speech, he warns that racism is a “significant economic, social and national security threat”.

Chin Tan will be speaking – in Shepparton – at African House on Saturday, 20 March, at a Harmony Day event hosted by the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District.

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