26 April 2017
Presentation to Tatachilla Lutheran College

Three participants from the Youth Leadership and Volunteer program at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) presented to the Year 12 Classes at the Tatachilla Lutheran College. Youth leaders and volunteers shared their personal accounts of migration, settlement and accomplishments including studying at tertiary level. The annual presentation, which the AMRC has contributed to for the past three years, “aims to eliminate the negative stereotypes surrounding refugees and reinforce accurate and positive representation through educating students on their success, and willingness to contribute and participate in the society,” AMRC Youth Coordinator Keith Preston said.

The presentation encompassed an interactive panel discussion, whereby students had the opportunity to ask questions regarding how many refugees are currently residing in South Australia, the reasons why they leave their homes and countries, and the support implemented by the AMRC. The college holds this seminar annually for their Year 12 students as part of its educational program.

Psychology and Christian Studies teacher at the college, Mr Grant Wildman, shared that the AMRC’s input each year “continues to shift many students permanently in their attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers. Due to the courageous, humble and critically reflective testimonies, the whole topic is humanised for our students. They gain a first-hand experience of motive, hardship, faith and resiliency, but it’s not only these powerful testimonies but also through the laughter, the shared understandings and humour that gets expressed,” he said.

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