1 May 2017
The Role of the DECD in Effective Humanitarian Settlement

In a joint partnership, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) and the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) Program in the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) hosted the forum: ‘The role of the Department of Education and Child Development in effective Humanitarian Settlement.’ AMRC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, expressed that: “The forum aimed to explore the services and achievements of the DECD in the settlement of humanitarian arrivals and identify areas in need of further strengthening.”

The forum, coinciding with a two week celebration of multiculturalism within DECD, covered other aspects including a psychological perspective of settlement, the importance of collaboration in producing outcomes for students, the National Settlement Services Framework and role of education, DECD’s support for humanitarian settlement outcomes in South Australia and the significance of the DECD New Arrivals Program for children and young people, as well as school community participation. Youth Leaders Yazan Almasri and Esther Nichun also presented on the challenges and successes of young people.

AMRC Community and Specialist Services Manager, Ms Cynthia Caird, noted: “The program also comprised of a Roundtable Discussion, whereby participants were able to share their experiences of what the DECD does well and identify potential areas for improvement.”

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