Lifelong Learning Comes Alive
Learning Beyond Language Barriers
Farial, a 62-year-old Iraqi woman, embarked on a remarkable learning journey when she and her family immigrated to Australia in 2000. Armed with a master's degree in engineering, Farial believed that finding suitable employment would be a straightforward task. However, the language barrier and unfamiliarity with the Australian accent proved to be significant obstacles.
From Cambridge to Mayor of Wyndham
Meet Cr Susan McIntyre
Cr Susan McIntyre has always been a learner at heart, and her journey has taken her from a state school in Northwest England to Cambridge University to study Law. Then she became a solicitor and later ventured into retail management, with a focus on HR.
As a voice for the community, Cr McIntyre helps to create a better Wyndham, and this drives her passion for lifelong learning.
Learning Through Community
Meet Anvil and Preeti
Anvil and Preeti have been active community leaders, participating in many learning programs offered across Melton Libraries and Community Centres.
“We saw members of our [Indian] community feeling very lonely, so we decided to form an Association to bring them together for social, health and art programs”, Preeti explained over a great Indian lunch being offered by the community.
Learning Through Craft
Meet Tarneit's Social Craft Group
The Wednesday Craft Social group emerged two decades ago, supported by Kookaburra House (now Wyndham Park Community Centre), where members gathered informally every week for needlework and knitting teddies.
Over time, their meetings shifted to various locations, such as Julia Gaillard Library and now at Tarneit Community Learning Centre.
Learning Beyond Barriers
Meet Awuur Makeer
Learning something new always presents its challenges, and Awuur embraces the continuous learning process. Arriving in Australia without any knowledge of the English language was a daunting experience.
The culture shock and communication barriers were significant obstacles, but Awuur and her siblings found ways to adapt and overcome.
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