Macquarie University refugee mentoring program winner of NSW Humanitarian Award 2016

20 June 2016

Macquarie University’s LEAP – Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) Program has been recognised with the NSW Humanitarian Award 2016 in Education.

The awards were presented by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird at the NSW launch of Refugee Week 2016 at the Inner West Refugee Centre on Friday.

The LEAP Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) program is a unique mentoring program for high school students from refugee backgrounds.

The program provides a friendly atmosphere for students from refugee backgrounds (mentees) to explore and navigate future education and career pathways with the support of Macquarie University student volunteers (mentors).

“I can think of few things that are more appropriate for our university of service and engagement than supporting refugees,” said Professor John Simons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

“We are so proud to receive this award on behalf of all our fabulous Macquarie student mentors who have volunteered on the LEAP program over the past six years, and for our partner school students from refugee backgrounds who have worked tirelessly with their mentors to realise their dreams of a new life through educational success,” said Ruth Tregale, Director, Widening Participation.

The Humanitarian Awards are held each year as an opportunity to acknowledge those who have made an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW.

The Humanitarian Awards also provide a chance to further promote the achievements of both individuals and organisations in various fields that play a substantial role in improving the lives of refugees.

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