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Refugees invited to experience UOW

Bright young refugees take part in campus activities 

A game of soccer and a visit to Early Start formed part of a unique day for Illawarra refugees and their families at the University of Wollongong (UOW) last weekend.

The Ne Nhier De Piei (African tribal name ‘For the Love of Education’) program was held on Saturday 26 November and aimed to showcase to local refugees what UOW has to offer.

The program included a brief introduction to the University; a visit to Early Start for younger children and their families; a soccer game; and an informal debrief session where families were welcome to exchange emails and other details.

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UOW Pro Vice-Chancellor (Inclusion and Outreach) Professor Paul Chandler said the activities were designed to be fun, engaging and culturally appropriate.

“The information days are designed to be fun, positive days that showcase what UOW has to offer for the whole family, not just individuals,” he said.

“We are aware that we have a large number of bright, young refugees working and living in the Illawarra who have little or no experience of what UOW can offer them.

“It’s important that we provide them with support and encourage their journey into higher education, Professor Chandler said.”

The first Ne Nhier De Piei program was held in January this year and was a great success, with more than 100 people attending the event.

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