Library literacy program to help young migrants Spotlight on learning
A NEW Townsville libraries program is set to benefit young migrants with low literacy levels.
Culturally specific storytime and baby rhyme will also be part of the new government funded multicultural program.
Townsville will launch Connecting Cultures Through Stories and Conversation after winning $ 15,000 t hrough t he 2011 Multi c ul t ur a l Assi s t a nce Program.
T h e p r o g r a m i n c l u d e s homework help and English conversation sessions for s c h o o l s t u d e n t s . T h e s e sessions develop English competence through activities such as sport, art and digital storytelling to more formal activities like assistance with reading and writing.
Council’s Lifelong Learning co-ordinator Dr Judith J e ns e n s a i d t he p r o j e c t would focus on developing the literacy of new migrants and foster a better understanding of migrants’ lives in the wider community.
‘‘ By assisting new migrants to boost their English literacy, we hope to . . . build selfesteem and confidence,’’ Dr Jensen said.
‘‘ We hope that through the series of activities, the multicultural community will view our library branches as welcoming pl aces where their cultures are valued.’’
Townsville Multicultural Support Group manager Meg Davis said the library had always been considered a place where families could connect with relatives they hadn’t spoken to for a while.
Tutoring sessions will also be held at the library in p a r t ner s hi p wit h J a mes Cook University and a regular ‘ ‘ cafe conversation’’ session in English for adults based around adjusting to Australia and seeking employment.
This program has been designed to help new migrants gain self-esteem and confidence to be competitive in the employment market.
A dedicated project officer will be employed temporarily to get the scheme off the ground but it will be sustained by existing library staff and volunteers.
The program will cater for all ages.