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.
The centre will be established in Fitzroy or Collingwood later this year. In the meantime work will take place at our present location at Ross House in the CBD. We envisage this centre 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
∗ Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011, http://www.abs.gov.au/