River Nile Learning Centre commenced under a partnership with the Department of Education & Training (Vic) (DET), Mount Alexander College (MAC) and the Western English Language School (WELS) to provide a specialist campus to re-engage young African refugee women, who had disengaged from mainstream education, with a Learning Centre that could meet their needs and deliver on-going practical EAL teaching to improve student literacy and numeracy so they can function effectively in Australian society.
Our programs and partners have grown and broadened substantially since our beginning.
In delivering our services we collaborate with a wide variety of organisations, such as:
- Red Cross, City of Melbourne, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Life without Barriers, New Hope Foundation, AMES and church groups, which refer young women in need to us;
- Co-Health provides advice on women’s health and also advises on key health issues, caring for children, recognising and managing depression;
- Service Stars, which is run by Jane Farrell and assists Refugees and Asylum Seekers to find meaningful, fairly paid and respectful work.
- Inner Melbourne Legal Centre, which assists the students with their individual issues with immigration, debt, infringement, family violence, homelessness and guardianship;
- Foundation House, which advises our staff and volunteers on how to assist refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered torture or war related trauma; and
- FoodBank, which provides food, which we distribute to our students.