Last week we celebrated our first successful year of AMEP. We also celebrated 70 years of AMEP across Australia as the first government supported English program for migrants was offered at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in 1948. Some of our current AMEP students spoke about their experiences in AMEP and entertained us with singing and dancing.
Our two students making their first ever speeches in English were Sherin and Thuy. Sherin was an accountant in Sri Lanka and arrived in Australia in January this year. She hopes to work as an accountant in Australia and started AMEP in February. AMEP is helping her to settle into life in Australia and is enjoying it. According to Sherin, ‘It is better to come to class and gain knowledge than stay at home. I didn’t have any friends in Australia and AMEP has allowed to me to make multicultural friends. It is more than just English.’
Thuy arrived in Australia in October 2017 and also started AMEP in February this year. She heard about AMEP from some friends and says ‘I am surprised at what I have learned in AMEP. I enjoy classes and discussions and feel like I have a second family at Djerriwarrh. As well as English I’ve learned about working in Australia, multiculturalism and the Aussie lifestyle.”
After the speeches our students entertained us with their enthusiastic singing and dancing. It was a treat to see the talents of so many of our students on display.