The City I Belong

20 August 2019

Featured Post, Story

In 2018-19 ASeTTS in collaboration with the University of Western Australia (UWA) delivered a program to assist newly arrived young people from Syria and Iraq; assist in the integration process, build connections and inspire hope in young people about their future ability to participate in higher education.

The program engaged 55 young people (21 girls and 34 boys) between the ages of 9 and 18 years. Together with UWA (56 University Student Volunteers) several tours were carried out to introduce significant places to the young people including King’s Park, South Perth Foreshore, WA Parliament, Matagarup Bridge, Burswood Park and more.

Another tour was organised at UWA for the purpose of introducing university life to the young people. This included activities hosted by the Science and Engineering Faculties, Origami club and Agriculture club. The young people had the opportunity to enjoy cookie decoration, face painting, playing soccer and other fun activities.

A highlight for the young people was the art workshop organised by UWA Design School, which resulted in an art exhibition to display the art works at Culity Gallery (UWA Design School). Many parents also joined the young people to acknowledge, celebrate and enjoy the art.

Outcomes

  • 55 newly arrived youth from Syria and Iraq formed connection with 56 UWA Student Volunteers.
  • Young people improved their social connections and healthy attachments with each other.
  • Young people got familiar with many important places of the city.
  • Young people improved their knowledge about the higher education system in Australia.

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