reLEARN

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reLEARN is a project that helps year 3-6 school going children from disadvantaged homes

How will the funding be spent?

Funding will be spent on program design and execution, involving identifying children, collaborating with teachers, and creating an elaborate tutoring plan that will be in tune with the needs of all students depending on what year they are in. Funding will also go to finding and recruiting 'peer tutors', who will be paid for the time they have put in to tutoring the children. The project will produce materials required for the program, funding for light meals and hiring tutoring locations.

How will the project be delivered?

The project will start off with program design and execution plan. This will involve prioritising children in schools (especially in the city of Playford and other northern enclaves) where need is greatest, creating a tutoring plan, where the 'tutor' will have a set of topics on the whiteboard that describe all the 'easy' and 'hard' maths stuff, and tackle each similar topic so that students are not only solving their school problems but learning collaboratively with their peers and tutors.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

30

How will you measure the impact of this project?

To measure the project impact, the reLEARN project delivery team will work in collaboration with teachers, assessing the students' performance before and after the program delivery. The overall impact will be measured on metrics such as; has there been continued improvement in their performance? Has the child shown progress in confidence and personal development? Do they feel a sense of belonging not only in the tutoring rooms but also at school? Do they find the materials and additional support helpful?

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

reLEARN aligns well with the Fund My Community Theme by helping young children from migrant backgrounds, helping them to improve their school performance, and to connect well with their peers. It also provides opportunities for growth through exploring and discovery. By giving these young children a leg-up early on in their learning, they will be able to build confidence and feel a sense of belonging in the community, and therefore, become better individuals.

Organisation details

Organisation Name

African Communities Council of South Australia

What does this organisation do?

The African Communities Council SA provides individual and family settlement services; comprehensive case management coordination; family relationship counselling; financial counselling, and a range of other services that help migrants adjust to life in Australia. Furthermore, the organisation provides home and community care support (domestic, social, personal), employer support and community development advocacy.
Recently, ACCSA has incorporated education, into its activities in order to provide assistance to young school going children from disadvantaged or newly arrived homes from a very young age so that they can access early learning materials and support that parents may not be able to give them because of various reasons such as inadequate education, work, and family commitments.
reLEARN is a dynamic peer-based tutoring services, using brilliant year 10, 11 and 12 peers to help year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children with science, maths and technology problems, creating a learning loop from peer to peer. This strategy is beneficial in many ways. Tutors have something in common with the learners as they can identify with the subject matter, and have the confidence to undertake such assignments as given in years, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The younger learners will be more comfortable and trusting of their older peers, creating a better atmosphere for learning.

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