• Programs

    The River Nile School and the River Nile Learning Centre offer a range of different learning programs to suit different purpose needs of disadvantaged young refugee and asylum seeker women.  All our programs are provided free-of-charge to our students.

    Our major programs are:


    1.Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

    The River Nile School offers a full time program delivering a VCAL curriculum to re-engage young Refugee and Asylum Seeker women aged 15-21 who have had disrupted schooling or who are struggling to cope with their current education arrangements or settings.

    Our aim is to equip our students to move on to further education or employment, and if they are mothers, to have an effective input into their own children’s education.

    Our program is unique because students, if they have any, are able to bring their babies and young children to school with them to be cared for in our licensed childcare centre, staffed in part by trained childcare workers from the African community.   This enables students to focus on their studies, while providing age-appropriate programs for the children.  It also reduces the pressure on our students to find alternative and costly childcare.

    As part of the program, we also employ a Welfare Director to work with students to help minimise interruptions to their schooling.  Safe housing, emotional stability, financial independence and good health are fundamental to a student’s ability to concentrate on her studies.

    This program runs Monday – Friday from 10.00am until 3.00pm.


    2. Foundation English Program

    This program is delivered by the RNLC and it develops essential English language, literacy and numeracy skills for new arrival asylum seekers.

    Students work in small groups with assistance from tutors. Childcare is available to Asylum Seekers, free of charge, in our licensed childcare centre.

    This program runs Monday – Friday from 10.00am until 3.00pm.


    3. VCE Bridging EAL Program

    This program offered by the RNLC supports English as an Additional Language (EAL) development of our more advanced learners to support entry to VCE, TAFE or university courses.

    This program runs Monday – Wednesday from 10.00am until 12 noon.


    In addition, when funding permits, we offer specialist life skills programs such as swimming, driving, women’s health, music and craft to support language and life skill development as well as emotional well-being.

    In February 2016 we piloted a new Work Readiness Program and are currently seeking funding to enable us to make this a regular core program offering.