Young migrant students attending NMIT Collingwood campus received a boost on August 14 when Mission Australia Employment Solutions handed over 24 reconditioned computers for their use. The students are engaged in the Young Adult Migrant education courses, with few having ever owned a computer before.
Student Pathways Advisor Shona Stephen said in a media release, “It’s fantastic Mission Australia is supporting our YAMEC students to reach their goals. Owning a computer will give them better access to the community and make it easier to keep in contact with family and friends, as well as improving language skills and access to part-time work.”
The computers will assist the students with improving their english skills, prepare course homework and to search for part time work.
Mission Australia engages unemployed young Australians on a ‘New Life’ program that aims to give jobseekers skills in building and reconstructing computers. The refurbished computers are then donated to low income famillies, migrants and refugees. An initial donation of 3 computers was made to three young migrant NMIT students, two of them refugees from Africa, in December 2011.
Read more about two of the YAMEC students who received computers at Collingwood Campus: Abdullahi Abdullahi, 18, from Somalia; and Moein Hussain Zadah, 18, from Afghanistan.