“We established the Centre in 2006 in response to the African communities concern that many of its children were falling behind their Australian-born counterparts in mainstream schools,” says Lisa Wilson, Director of the Centre.
The River Nile has come along way since forming in 2006. It’s moved homes three times and is now located in North Melbourne. It has also expanded by enlisting tutors from The University of Melbourne who now coordinate the teaching.
As a small not-for-profit, the Centre certainly values the contribution made by our own girls and equally, our girls certainly value the experience.
“It was a privilege to volunteer. It definitely made me more grateful for what I have and it highlighted that life doesn’t come easy to everyone…some people really have to work for it,” says Year 9 volunteer Emma Dunlop.
Maddi Parfuss is quick to agree. “I experienced firsthand the impact and change that you can make to the community just by volunteering some of your time. I look forward to going back.”
Duncan believes that the best learning often comes through personal interaction. “It’s a very practical way of helping a valuable community service, and also an opportunity for our girls to interact with a small slice of the refugee community in Melbourne.