Dilware Rashid, VAC Home School Link Worker, talks to VAC about working with Bengali students and parents on the Home School Link Project.
“This initiative helps build education awareness for teachers, Bengali students and parents. Whilst some families are into the second and third generation, there are still those who have language barriers. Some families have problems with truancy and sometimes there are cultural issues which prevent teachers and students understanding shared problems. So this programme is to assist at bettering their children’s education.
Most parents value me so much. They really appreciate that I’m here. To get that call from someone like me from a school saying their daughter’s in or not in, they really appreciate that. It’s like I’m protecting them somehow and they look forward to me ringing.
Our new initiative on attendance has seen attendance rise by five per cent. So that’s really good. If Home School Link workers were not there to support these families then some students would be truanting and the staff wouldn’t necessarily have known that things had got to a serious stage. I’ve been able to pick up on early warnings before it goes to extremes.”
Find out more about the Home School Link Project.