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Homework Program wins VC award

The Homework Support Program run at the Atherton Gardens Housing Estate in Fitzroy received the 2009 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement recently, at ACU’s Melbourne graduation ceremony.

Community engagement awardChancellor Brother Julian McDonald with Sister Rosa, Judy Cary, Mary Lawrey and Mary Campbell.

Run by the University’s Institute for Advancing Community Engagement (IACE), the Homework Club involves ACU education student volunteers tutoring primary school pupils from refugee backgrounds.

A number of parents also attend, observing literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and gaining confidence to help their children at home.

“The Homework Support Program promotes community capacity building by engaging children from refugee and other disadvantaged backgrounds, together with their families, in education,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said.

“The Program offers meaningful opportunities for life-long learning and pathways to social inclusion.”

The Award was received at the graduation ceremony by Sister Rosa on behalf of The Vietnamese Mother’s Association, Judy Cary on behalf of The Smith Family, Mary Lawrey on behalf of Sacred Heart Primary School and Mary Campbell on behalf of ACU.

Staff or students interested in the volunteer program can contact Mary Campbell on 03 9953 3381 or mary.campbell@acu.edu.au

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