UNICEF Consults SIEU Students
On Friday, 3 August, our SIEU students had the opportunity to be advocates for improvement and change through UNICEF’s 2018 Australia-wide consultation project.
Michael Campbell (Melaleuca Refugee Centre) spent time with students listening to their experiences in settling in to their new community and hearing what they had to say about things that matter to them. They spoke of the excitement of a new start, the tremendous relief of being able to live in peace and the feelings of welcome they had received by students and staff at DHS. They also spoke of the upheaval of leaving friends and family, the anxiety they felt as they tried to negotiate their new way of life and the priority they gave to learning English.
Accompanying Michael, was Jane Alia, former DHS student, advocate for young refugees and member of the NT Youth Round Table. Her own journey and willingness to help others is inspirational to us all.
It is great to see that our students’ ideas will inform UNICEF’s work in the development of policy aimed at improving the lives of all young people in Australia.