Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Educating the Refugees

The Australian government plans to build vocational education colleges in the refugee camps in Africa to teach English and work skills, according to The Australian newspaper report.

The principal aim of the project is to educate and train the new arrivals for the Australian labour market.

Thus, under the proposal put forward by the Vocational Training Minister, Gary Hardgrave, training in the camps would give the refugees a greater sense of dignity, coupled with the relevant skills to earn a living when they arrive in Australia.

The real intention, however, is to equip the new arrivals with language and work skills to facilitate integration into the Australian community and help ease the nation’s skills shortage.
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