Homework centre building educational bridges
Reading a simple sentence just like this one can be a bit of a struggle for some young Kiwi students.
The newly opened Ethiokiwi Homework Centre at Wesley Intermediate is doing its bit to bridge that educational gap and now you can help as well.
The centre is the brainchild of the Ethiopian Sports & Cultural Club NZ, a not-for-profit community organisation that provides activities and support services to migrants and refugees who have moved to New Zealand.
Teacher Kristy Lorson says the centre worked well last term but it needs more resources to make an impact.
‘‘As a free homework centre we are operating on a tight budget,’’ she says.
‘‘We need educational board games, up to date dictionaries, encyclopedias, maths books and educational books.’’
She says the free after school homework centre is targeted to year 5 to 8 students.
‘‘We provide free use of computers and printing services, they get specialised teaching assistance and a free afternoon tea.’’
She says having a dedicated space to study can make all the difference to completing homework set in school.
‘‘A lot of these kids don’t have access to computers at home so that is a really big drawcard.
‘‘They are from families where their parents may have limited English skills so they struggle to get help at home.’’
She says the centre can benefit all 8 to 12-year-old school children.
‘‘We’ve got the Kiwi bit there in the name – anyone and everyone is welcome.’’
Club manager Mesganaw Bitul says it was clear within the Ethio- pian community that there was a need for a homework centre.
A good education is a must to help children and families adjust to life in New Zealand, he says.
Donate now: Ethiokiwi Homework Centre teacher Kristy Lorson is calling for more resources to help boost students learning.