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11/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/07/2018 23:05

AMEP helps Afghan migrants learn English at CQUniversity

AMEP helps Afghan migrants learn English at CQUniversity

AMEP helps Afghan migrants learn English at CQUniversity

Published:08 November 2018

AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme, they have been matched with a Community Volunteer, Joy Williamson with Katima Ahmadi and her son Mohammad Hossain, Afghan migrants who are learning English at CQUniversity.

Afghan migrants Katima and Mohammad Hossain Ahmadi are settling well in Rockhampton thanks to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) funded by the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training.

Katima's husband, Jafar, has been in Rockhampton since 2012 and works at a meatworks, while he has been waiting for his family visa to be approved.

AMEP Case Manager Tina Stritzke said the Ahmadi family arrived in Rockhampton in August and had been living in Pakistan for a number of years as their homeland of Afghanistan is not safe for the Hazara minority group.

'Katima and Jafar have eight children and four family members have commenced evening English classes in October at CQUniversity's Rockhampton City campus two nights a week. They are enrolled in basic language studies,' Tina said.

'Katima and Mohammad Hossain have had no formal education and do not read or write in their mother tongue. Although learning is slow, they are very motivated. Katima's daughters Saleha and Nazrin are also attending AMEP classes.

'With the help of the AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme, they have been matched with a Community Volunteer, Joy Williamson, who visits them at home and works with them on basic language and settlement.'

'In just four short weeks, Katima has learned to write her own name and spell the letters for her name. Mohammad Hossain has learned to write his address. Considering their lack of any formal education, this is a true achievement and they are so proud, as we are.'

The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. For more information, call 13 27 86 or visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/courses/study-areas/work-and-study-preparation/amep or www.education.gov.au/adult-migrant-english-program

The AMEP provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants from the skilled, family and humanitarian visa streams, to help them learn English to assist with their settlement in Australia. The AMEP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland and provided by Central Queensland University on behalf of TAFE Queensland in the following locations: Mackay and Fitzroy. For more information please visit tafeqld.edu.au/tells or www.education.gov.au/adult-migrant-english-program