Education and Tutoring
SCARF's education and tutoring Program provides services to support the learning of primary, secondary and tertiary students from refugee backgrounds.
Imagine starting at an Australian school or university as a young person from a refugee background.
Everything in your new country is unfamiliar, from the language to the way people dress. Classes may be confusing because they are not in your first language. Homework is piling up because you may not be able to understand the questions in an unfamiliar language You may be dealing with trauma and a disrupted education due to the conflict your family has fled. You can’t turn to your parents for help, because they’re still learning English themselves and are busy rebuilding everything they’ve left behind.
This is the experience of many students from refugee backgrounds, and the reason why SCARF’s education and tutoring program exists.
The program encompasses three services for students from refugee backgrounds in the Illawarra: Homework Help for high school students, Homework Club for primary students and University Support for tertiary students. Each service is delivered on a weekly or twice-weekly basis, and provides academic guidance and support, helping students to unlock their academic potential and work toward their career goals.
SCARF’s Homework Club is conducted in partnership with St Mary’s Star of the Sea College to provide after-school homework and tutoring assistance to primary school students from refugee backgrounds. Homework support is provided at the Wollongong Library every Wednesday afternoon by SCARF volunteers and senior school student volunteers from
SCARF volunteers provide after-school homework and tutoring assistance to students from refugee backgrounds who are studying in Year 7 to 12. Homework Help is held every Tuesday and Thursday, 4pm-6pm at the Tom Thumb Room at Wollongong Library, Burelli Street, Wollongong.
SCARF volunteers provide tutoring and support for students at uni, or those transitioning in to university. Sessions are held at the University of Wollongong. The program is a safe space where students can ask questions, learn about how uni works and be linked to other services facilitated by the University of Wollongong.
Why Education and Tutoring Matters
Supporting Education and Tutoring
SCARF relies on support from the wider community to deliver our Education and Tutoring program. There are many ways you can contribute, including volunteering, holding a fundraiser, or donating to SCARF.