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Refugee Council of Australia
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Face to Face Program

Program for schools and colleges in Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne

RCOA is offering an incursion program for schools in the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas and Wollongong region.

Under the Face to Face program, a representative from RCOA and a speaker of refugee background present to students, teachers and other interested groups about the refugee experience. Refugee speakers share personal stories and give students the opportunity to learn about their experiences and their contributions to Australia. The presentations are linked to the school curriculum and cover who refugees are and where they come from, facts about refugees worldwide and in Australia, conditions faced by refugees overseas and Australia’s refugee policies. Incursions can be delivered as one-hour interactive presentations or two-hour workshops incorporating small group activities. The presentation package includes a comprehensive Resource Guide for teachers that contain links to lesson plans, follow-up activities and further reading.

You can download our brochures for Vic and NSW below.

 

What participants say about Face to Face

Thousands of students, parents and teachers have participated in our presentation sessions and workshops since it was launched in February 2014. Here is what secondary and primary school students said after participating in the Face to Face program:

I learnt that we take things for granted and that others aren’t as privileged as we are…Everyone deserves a chance to do well in life and live a life that is safe and full of opportunities for the future.

I learned that refugees aren’t just faceless masses like the media portrays them, they are individuals and have stories.

When he explained his story and his perspective, I felt he gave us an understanding of his experiences and we were able to sympathise with him.

I enjoyed that we could listen to someone who experienced the trauma first hand. I feel I developed a greater understanding of the hardships that refugees faced from the first hand recount.

Final Year Student, Sydney University:

Your session was the highlight of the semester.

Teacher:

The delivery of facts and clarification of terms and the story the refugee told of his struggles and triumphs was very powerful.\

Justin Young, Partners in Performance:


We were humbled by George’s positivity, gratitude and passion in the face of a story of destruction, escape, refuge and happiness.

Chris Gabardi, Interchange

We were lucky to have Lizzie Kuoth visit our office recently as guest speaker on a team building event. Lizzie spoke so openly about her life and told incredible stories of her journey from South Sudan to Australia. She spoke with authenticity, honesty and passion and we gained important insight into the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum globally, while also learning how strong her advocacy and human rights commitments are here in Australia. Lizzie has a determination to positively impact change and as a result we have a much better understanding of how we can support the refugee and asylum seeker communities in this country. Thank you Lizzie, you were amazing and are welcome around our table anytime!

How to book

We are excited to announce that through growing support and interest, we have been able to expand our program and bring on more volunteers and speakers to be trained for the new year and going forward.

To book an incursion, please fill out the form on this page.

You can also email facetoface@refugeecouncil.org.au or call (02) 9211 9333.

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