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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 March 2015
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015 Labor supports training for multicultural students More than 30 per cent of Learn Local students across Victoria were born overseas The Andrews Labor government expressed its support to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds undertaking training courses, which will help them integrate into the Australian reality. Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, stressed the fact that thousands of international students also add to our culture and society while studying in Victoria. "Victoria is the multicultural capital of Australia, therefore must continue to provide training opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds," Steve Herbert told. "The Andrews Labor government is supporting multiculturalism, helping all students, including those from diverse backgrounds, get the qualifications they need for the job they want." During Cultural Diversity Week, Mr Herbert underlined the positive elements of the students' multicultural diversity and emphasised on Learn Local organisations' contribution in providing essential and effective training to multicultural students. "Learn Locals can help people return to study and gain a qualification," Mr Herbert continued. "They are an important pathway and we will support them as we get Victoria back to work." Learn Local organisations offer a range of education and training programs, providing both pre-accredited and accredited training on many different topics, including reading, writing English, maths, hospitality, retail, business and construction. "Our thriving multicultural community groups work tirelessly to promote diversity and cohesion," Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott explained. Across the Victorian training system, culturally and linguistically diverse learners accounted for 11 per cent of total accredited and preaccredited enrolments in 2013, but represented more than a quarter of enrolments at Learn Local organisations. "Cultural Diversity Week celebrates our rich diversity and promotes a harmonious society.” "We're home to one of the most multicultural societies on earth - and Victorians are proud of it," Minister Scott added, highlighting that in DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM X-Factor star headlines Viva Victoria Festival The Viva Victoria Multicultural festival will return to Melbourne's city centre to host X-Factor star Jason Heerah, amongst a stellar line up of artistic events whose diverse nature pays subtle tribute to the celebration of diversity in Victoria. Viva Victoria will take to Federation Square on the March 22 to unify a state infamous for its celebration of difference and equality. In order to celebrate the multicultural state of Victoria, cultures will take to the stage, the big-screen, the kitchen and the sporting field in order to showcase their cultural pride. The Andrews Labor government highlighted the positive elements students coming from multicultural backgrounds have to offer to Victoria. Prized in the festival's free music realm is X-Factor star Jason Heerah, who will perform alongside the Chosen Ones. Other acts who complete the festival's diverse line up include Nicky Bomba and Bustamento, Melbourne Bhangra Regiment, The Brothahood, Zero Degrees, Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company, The Deans, La Mauvaise Reputation, Mesopotamia and many, many more. The festival's Yarra River Terrace will host an amazing plethora of foods that will take foodies to every corner of the globe. If language is your thing, then head to the various language workshops that will be held on the way to the various kids activities around the venue on the day. For film lovers, a vast array of flicks from the Alliance Françoise French Film Festival and the Colourfest Film festival can be enjoyed. The festival's big screen will also showcase the critically acclaimed film Ror by Melbourne filmmaker, Natalie Cunningham. Major Melbourne sports clubs will also attend the event, with sporting activities hosted by the AFL, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC. With a neverending plethora of multicultural music, dance, food, film, sport and language events that host something for everyone, the Viva Victoria Multicultural festival is one that must not be missed! For more information, including full Viva program and venue map, head to www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/ Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott. 2013, 36 per cent of Learn Local students across Victoria were born overseas. The most popular pre-accredited training courses at Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert. Learn Local organisations were literacy and numeracy programs, the general education program and employment skills programs. eBook of recipes to celebrate cultural diversity Developed to coincide with Harmony Day (March 21), social enterprise Cultural Infusion launched an eBook last week in celebration of Australia's cultural diversity. A free online resource for primary students created by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Scanlon Foundation, Recipes for Harmony features Australians from different cultural backgrounds, including AFL player Bachar Houli and Masterchef Australia contestant Alice Zaslavsky. Countries covered in the eBook include Georgia, Vietnam, Greece, Samoa, Lebanon, Sudan, Turkey and various others, including Aboriginal and outback Australia. Complete with language tools and videos, each section delves into the individu- scribing cultural diversity as humanity's greatest asset. "As a global society we have the opportunity to draw on diverse ideas, skills and knowledge to foster innovation, creation and progress for a richer and more harmonious world," he said. Also present on the day as (L-R) Cultural Infusions CEO, Peter Mousaferiadis; Masterchef Australia contestant Alice Zaslavsky; Scanlon Foundation CEO Anthea Hancocks; parliamentary secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells; principal of Collingwood College Dale Perichon, with year 5 and 6 students. als' personal story with additional information about the country, culture and of course a recipe for each. Representing the Greek culture is a woman by the name of Helen, whose parents immigrated to Australia in the 1950s. The recipe included is dolmades - vine leaves stuffed with rice - a traditional dish that Helen says her mother enjoys making for the family. Held at Collingwood College, Cultural Infusion's CEO Peter Mousaferiadis addressed those gathered, de- key speakers were Collingwood Colleges' principal Dale Perichon, parliamentary secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and Scanlon Foundation's CEO, Anthea Hancocks. Harmony Day is officially celebrated today on Saturday 21 March. For information about A Taste of Harmony celebrations, visit www.tasteofharmony.org.au/ To access Recipes for Harmony, visit www.harmony. gov.au/schools/recipes-forharmony/ Nicky Bomba and Bustamento who are performing at this year’s festival. Lehenda Ukranian Dance Company who are performing at this year’s festival.
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