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					                                   THE ETHNIC SCHOOLS
                                   ASSOCIATION OF
                                   QUEENSLAND INC.


                              - AFESA Council Meeting, 27th June 2009 -

                        JUL/AUG/SEP 2009
Page                                             Page

 1     Cover Page                                 8-9     Queensland Children Week 2009
 2     President’s Message                      10-11     Photos: AFESA Conference 2009
 3     Editor’s Message                          12       UNESCO: The role of Young People in safe-
                                                          guarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
 4     Mother Tongue in Danger!                   13      Calling for Nominations: 2009 Human Rights
                                                          Medal and Awards, FATAQ News
 5     ESAQ Page                                 14-15    Grant Opportunities and Upcoming Events
 6-7   AFESA Conference Report                   16-17    Advertise in VOICE

 7     Schools Corner                            18-20    Handy Contacts, Distribution List
Message from the President:
From the President’s Desk.

                             PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE AUGUST 2009

                             Welcome to Voice for August. My, how the time is going! More than half the year is
                             completed already, and lucky not so cold this year. I do hope that you have all been
                             able to stay clear of the influenza and swine flu.

                           Since the last edition we have had meetings with Education Minister Geoff Wilson,
                           MP; Parliamentary Secretary Carolyn Male, and also the Education Officer Tracey
                           Corsbie. The meeting went very well and we received very positive feed back with
regards to continued funding.

P.D. sessions with LOTE this year are about to commence, with the first being 19th August. The delay has been
due to the unsure funding situation in all areas. We are now pleased to advise that the Budget bid on behalf of
the AHES Program for an amount comparable with that of 2008/2009 was successful. We now look forward to
the PD sessions being offered. Please make sure that you register in time, and send along your representatives.

QLD LOTE Ctr. once again assisted with funding of Delegates to the National Conference, this year held in Mel-
bourne. The theme of the conference was “Building bridges to a cohesive society through languages, culture
and sports”. A representative from the Tamil School Mr T Balakrishnan along with myself attended .

Keynote speakers were, Professor Joe Lo Blanco, who emphasized the need for a language policy plan to eth-
nic schools in addition to their routine teaching regime. He mentioned that national identity and language usage
co-exist hand to hand.
Prof Joseph Camilleri and Dr. Jane Orton described the importance of teaching bilingualism in community
schools in the Australian context.
A detailed report of the conference prepared by Mr Balakrishnan is produced in the magazine on page 6-7.

At the same time as the conference I attended the meeting of CLA/AFESA. Reports from each state were ta-
bled and the general business of Project plans discussed. All in all, it was a very busy and enlightening week-
end with great opportunities to meet with fellow Ethnic School representatives. I recommend that schools try to
make an effort to send a representative along to these very valuable conferences, even if you have to fundraise
to get there.

In the office, Novi is still working on grant applications and eagerly awaiting any of you contributions that you
may wish to share with us all.

I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you at the PD workshops.

Irene Tavutavu

Editor’s message
                  Now we have come to the third edition of our quarterly newsletter VOICE in year
                 2009. All schools are invited to write articles and promote your events here as it is a
                 valuable tool to increase awareness of your event in our broad network.

                In this edition, I’ve chosen Community Languages Australia (CLA)/ Australian Fed-
                eration of Ethnic Schools Associations (AFESA) Conference that was held in Mel-
                bourne last June as our main highlight. Reports and pictures are available for all
                members to be aware of all progress and updates, as well as to contribute more in
the development of Ethnic Schooling in our state.

Asia Language Centre and Serbian Orthodox Church/ School have participated in our School Corner,
allowing us to support one another in events and other school activities. Please do not hesitate to do
the same, as we all want to know what interesting activities has been going on at your school. We
may be able to exchange ideas to develop each of our valuable ethnic schools.

Grant opportunities from a few sources are available for your information and need, as well as some
upcoming events within our community. Also in this edition you will find an interesting article submitted
by Dr Kannan Natarajan, taken from an Indian leading newspaper “Hindu” in regards to the importance
of preserving Mother Tongue. The article may originally be targeted to Indian audiences, however, it
is worth to be put to our consideration in regards to our own mother tongues.

If you know individuals or organisation who have an extraordinary contribution to Australian society
committed to human rights, social justice and equality, there is an opportunity to appreciate their valu-
able contributions. Australian Human Rights Commission is calling for nominations for the 2009 Hu-
man Rights Medals and Awards. Entries will be accepted until 2nd October 2009. Take this opportu-
nity to give thanks to those who have a significant role in fighting for human rights.

Within the ESAQ committee, we are finding our ways to proceed with beneficial projects for ethnic
schooling communities in Queensland, finding the right grant providers to suit the needs of all ethnic
schools members. Your voice is more than a valuable input for us, so do not hesitate to send us your
comments, ideas and needs, so that we can work together and support one another to keep Ethnic
Education bear fruit in Queensland.

Enjoy reading,

Novi Hendra

                    Mother Tounge in Danger!
“Thought the article was meant for an Indian audience, I guess it is an article worthwhile of a read by all facilita-
tors in Ethnic Language Schools in Australia”.—Kannan Natarajan

By: K. MAHABUB ALI (Writer of “Hindu”, a leading Indian Newspaper).

The basic purpose of any language is to communicate. It is the responsibility of the people concerned to pre-
serve/enrich their respective native languages and pass on to the generations next to keep their cultural ethos
and civilisation alive. Therefore, using a language regularly and spreading the same is the key to its sustainabil-
ity and eternity. However, of late, I have seen, in fact closely observed, a tendency on the part of the people to
use the English language extensively while disregarding their mother-tongue.

Fascination for English

It must be pointed out here that we inherited the English language due to British colonialism. It has enabled us
to construct bridges and establish contacts with the outside world, which is necessary for progress and prosper-
ity more especially in these days of globalisation, where the world is being referred as a global village.

One of the important reasons for its phenomenal growth is its remarkable flexibility. It is also a fact that profi-
ciency in English is considered a cornerstone to success and a passport to prosperity. As against this backdrop,
it is quite natural that people are very fond of English. With globalisation, its importance has grown much more,
as being inevitable for mere survival.

Recently, when I visited a hospital, right from entering to leaving, I had to speak to them in English. Even when I
tried to speak to them in Telugu (a South Indian language - spoken prevalently in the state of Andhra
Pradesh,India), they were not willing to speak to me in Telugu as if it is not their mother-tongue. Speaking in
English in a foreign country is an absolute necessity, but speaking in that language in India by people belonging
to the same culture and same language is strange. I have seen some parents speaking only in English to their
tiny tots in the expectation that they would learn English effortlessly while disregarding the importance of their
mother- tongue. While there may be many reasons for this fascination, it does not augur well in the interest of
our native languages. This may, slowly and surely, lead to the extinction of our languages over a period of time.

Save our languages

It may be worthwhile to mention here that according to a news report published in The Hindu, dated February
21, 2009, of the 196 languages listed as endangered by the UNESCO, India tops the list of countries having the
maximum number of dialects on the verge of extinction. These facts were revealed in the latest Atlas of World’s
Languages in Danger of Disappearing unveiled by the UNESCO.

It must also be worthwhile to mention that countries like Japan, China, etc., have made tremendous progress
and prosperity and stood as role models even though their English language skills are very poor. As rightly said
by Rabindranath Tagore (India's Nobel laureate poet), mastery of one’s own mother-tongue will lead to the easy
learning of a foreign language.

Regular usage/spread is the key to the thriving of any language.

If we do not regard our own language and always try to speak a foreign language, even while staying in
our mother land with people of same language and culture in an effort to achieve proficiency in the Eng-
lish language, we are doing a great disservice to our own mother-tongue and helping others to keep up
        their cultural ethos and civilisations while allowing our languages to languish and perish.
                 ESAQ services and support
                      Promoting activities for the development and benefit of eth-
                          nic schools.
                      Providing help in establishing a school
                      Providing help with becoming incorporated
                      Information on accessing grants
                      Lobbying for recognition and funding
                      Promoting the importance of mutual respect for people from
                          culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
                      Coordinating and promoting inter-ethnic school social and
                          cultural activities.
                      Development and promotion of communication and coopera-
                          tion between ethnic schools.
                 ESAQ headquarters, Qld LOTE Centre West End. Phone (07)
                 3360 7520

                                           ESAQ Financial Members 2009:
                                           (as per August 2009)

                                           1.    Fiji Ethnic School
ESAQ COMMITTEE 2009                        2.    PETAD, Inc.
                                           3.    Vietnamese Ethnic School in QLD (Lac Hong)
President: Irene Bayldon                   4.    Japanese Language and Culture School of Brisbane
Vice President: Rita Thetadig              5.    Tzu Chi Academy Queensland Association, Inc.
Treasurer: Kim Thetadig                    6.    GOSP AHES Mt Gravatt
Committee 1: Myrla Prianes                 7.    Filipino Australian Teachers Association of QLD Inc
Committee 2: Heidi Englhofer
                                           8.    The Filipino School of QLD Inc
Committee 3: Narendra Nand
Committee 4: Tittit Pacita (on behalf of   9.    Hoa Binh Vietnamese School
Reina Pullans maternity leave)             10.   Asia Language Centre of QLD
Committee 5: Sister Maria (appointed       11.   SLBM Yasodhara Sinhala Language School
after AGM’09)                              12.   Greek Ethnic School of St George
Committee 6: Flora Chen (appointed         13.   Trung Vuong Vietnamese Language School
after AGM’09)                              14.   Brisbane Tamil School
Signatories: Irene, Kim, Narendra          15.   Sacred Heart Chinese School
                                           16.   Afghan Language School
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!                    17.   Brisbane German Language School Group Inc.
                                           18.   Kannan Natarajan
                                           19.   Serbian Orthodox Church
                                           20.   Brisbane Korean Language School
          National Community Language Schools
                    Conference Report
May I take this opportunity to thank you for considering my presence, a valuable one from Ethnic
Schools Association, Queensland to represent to attend for the 7th National Community Languages
Schools and the 20th Anniversary of Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria. It was a very educative

The theme of the conference was building bridges to a cohesive society through languages, culture
and sports.

Introduction was given by prominent government officials on multiculturalism and how it can be nur-
tured throughout Australia by different means. The different academics presented keynote addresses
on Community languages. First speaker, Prof. Joe Lo Branco emphasized the need for a language
policy plan to ethnic schools in addition to their routine teaching regime. He mentioned that national
identity and language usage co-exist hand to hand. He added that immigrant language usage de-
creased from 4% to 50% to each generation, even though 90% knew it only 2% used it. He pro-
posed the distinct avenues to increase linguistic usage and ability to communicate and capacity to
interact within a society and opportunities available through ethnic associations. Ability of a language
usage in younger generation usually happens via intimacy in language usage at homes and in fami-
lies. Attitudes of using native languages determined by whether the abilities and opportunities are
supplied to teaching schools, and then whether they are converted into practical use. He stressed
that there is an urgent need for out of class usage, such as self initiated evidence interactions espe-
cially between peers which hastens acquisition of language proficiency within the younger genera-
tion. In essence his speech concluded with important of having a language policy that supports abil-
ity, capacity and positive attitudes in community languages.

Other two academic keynote speakers described the importance of teaching bilingualism in commu-
nity schools in Australian context. As all of us are aware Australia is the best example of multicultur-
alism and knowing bilingualism can achieve much more efficient and sustainable ways in successfully
achieving competing demands of social, economic and political context. The role of businessmen,
economists, entrepreneurs, in knowing bilingualism is very important according to the speaker. Com-
munity schools can achieve this by organizing workshops, seminars and exhibition to young students
to foster them to future role models. Other avenues of nurturing this bilingualism can be through art,
music, dance, literature, humour, folk stories, DVD plays, myths, beliefs, and events. Also community
based schools can organize day camps, residential camps, plays, as these provide opportunities of
real events.
In essence these speakers concluded that the next two years will be focused on adoption of bilin-
gualism as a goal for the internal changes within communities particularly in the context of globaliza-
tion of identities and shift in local perspective towards Asia. This global link is developed through

Finally, all groups have been asked to divide into groups for workshops. I have decided to attend
community education through arts. This workshop covered how arts can be used as an effective tool
on educating native languages. Students can perform creative art of their culture, beliefs and myths
through arts or classic dances which can be a very effective tool in educating cultures of a particular
ethnicity. Classroom arts performed in bilingual aspect can also be used as an exhibition to other
cultural backgrounds as well.


In summarizing my report I would suggest to ESAQ to have further consultative meetings with vari-
ous community language schools in QLD to consider the following:

Emphasizing more on identity issues among communities and how that plays a major role in present-

ing cultural heritage of their ethnic group. This can be introduced from junior to senior levels in pro-
gressive manner. This information is very vital for passing this heritage on to the next generations.

Importance of bilingualism, for example a student from China, Taiwan, Korea or Hong Kong back-
ground has more ammunition on official dealings with respective countries whether it is economic,
social or trade matters than Australia counterpart if he knows bilingual knowledge.

The importance of arts in classroom participation to preserve cultural identity. Students can perform
different ways of arts exhibition, folk stories or scrap booking which identifies their cultural heritage.

                                                                                                   Thank you,


Our Church-School at Wacol, Brisbane is holding a summer carnival on 14 Feb 2010. We
are fundraising for our children's playground (shade sails) and for humanitarian
assistance. The carnival has been an annual event and last years saw an excellent
turnout (around 1500 people). We hope to emulate this at this next event.
Should any of your Schools be interested in a display stall (showing off your
school, selling books etc) and/or if you have an affiliated dancing group they would be most welcome to dance
on the day.

Asia Language Centre
The Asia Language Centre is a registered After Hours Ethnic Schooling institute located in the southern sub-
urbs of Brisbane. It was established on the 3rd of October 1993 by Mr. Richard Chiang, the founder and princi-
The Centre’s aim is to facilitate Chinese ethnic education for the Chinese community in Brisbane and for people
interested in Chinese language and culture. The number of students has grown continually since the foundation
of the school and currently there are more than 250 students attending Chinese and Abacus classes. The Cen-
tre has a teaching and administrative staff of 30.
Students are grouped into different classes according to their Chinese language skill level. The school offers a
total of 29 classes, which consists of 12 Traditional Chinese classes and 17 Simplified Chinese also known as
Modern Standard Chinese, from preschool, i.e., Pinyin, to high school level. All teachers have at least a four-
year degree and a minimum of one year teaching experience.
Our mission is to promote Chinese culture and understanding of Chinese culture among students and other
The Centre provides a suitable and effective Chinese learning environment for the Chinese community and
those who are interested in Chinese language and culture.
School venue             Runcorn State High School, Hill Road, Runcorn QLD 4113
Office                   35 Millers Road, Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane QLD 4113
Tel                      07 3841 0151
Fax                      07 3341 3229

In 1971 when the Child Care Week Committee (which became Children's Week Association in 1979) was
formed the focus for many of the activities were children in care of the Department of Children's Service. These
children were residing in large residential, family group homes and foster care.

The committee focused on the needs of these children who were not living with their natural parents. This was
achieved by holding public seminars on child care related topics where workers were provided with training and
opportunities to reflect on their practice. Media coverage was sought to highlight the plight of these needy young

Gradually the large residential's closed down. The Children's Week Association found itself widening its focus to
not only be concerned about children in care of the Department but also children within the general community.

Linkages were formed with such organisations as Creche & Kindergarten Associations Kindergartens, Govern-
ment and Private Child Care Centres, Family Day Care Schemes, Playgroup Association, Neighbourhood Cen-
tres, Playground & Recreational Association, , Scout Association, UNICEF, Church organisations and private
and public primary and secondary schools.

The Children's Week Association, an incorporated body since 1988 co-ordinates a range of activities conducted
by these organisations during Children's Week each year.

The aim of these activities is always to bring to public attention the value and the needs of young children. Or-
ganisations are encouraged to conduct a wide range of activities involving children and adults together. We
celebrate the uniqueness and importance of children. Some regular activities have been:-

The Mall Program. Every day during Children's Week children from various schools bring orchestras, choirs,
dancing groups, and debating groups to the mall. This is a favourite activity that draws large participation each
year. Kindergartens, Child Care Centres have open days where parents are invited to participate in activities
with their children.

A Cultural Sharing Day. Last year over 300 family day care, pre-school and primary children will come together
to celebrate their cultural heritage. Hands on activities are provided and different cultural groups entertain with
music and dance.

In 1971 the identified aims were :

  to heighten community awareness of the needs of children;
  to promote knowledge of services which are available to children and their families;
  to stimulate education in quality child care and child rearing;
   to increase communication between children and adults and to provide opportunities for children
  and adults to share enjoyable experiences.

These are still the aims of the Children's Week Association . While children continue to be
neglected or abused, are subject to care that does not provide opportunity for their full
growth and development and are not valued for their full worth then there will be a need for
this Association.

    Launch a book on poetry or short prose, written by local chil-
    dren. This could then be sold to raise funds for the local li-
    brary to buy more children's books
    Make a time capsule on the theme of children or child-
    hood. Get children to place memorabilia (poems, artwork,
    stories, photographs) in the time capsule to be reopened in
    20 years
    Organise community displays promoting your organisations
    services to children
    Hold a sponsored balloon release-you could have people pay
    a token donation for each balloon then donate the money
    raised a charity for children in the community
    Hold a debate about current issues related to children and discuss what your organisa-
    tion does or can do for children
    Hold a community forum for people to voice their ideas for improvements to the services
    for children offered in your area
    Organise a talent quest or for the local theatre group to put on play at your local shop-
    ping centre
    Arrange the painting of a wall mural in your community
    Establish a children's hall of fame to be displayed during Children's Week.
    Hold a photographic exhibition or competition at your local shopping centre around a
    them related to childhood

C         ommunity languages school teachers and instructors in Victo-
ria and nationally showed their commitment again by attending the 7th
National Community Languages Schools Conference and marking the
20th Anniversary of the Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria held on
June 27, 2009 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne.

Over 350 teachers from more than 20 communities spent the day listen-
ing and discussing issues of languages policy in today’s Australia and
the major role community languages school play in delivering languages
education in Australia. A strong line up of presenters, Members of Par-
liament and workshop facilitators together with entertainers from Multi-
cultural Arts Victoria received a strong vote of approval by participants
at the end of the day and more importantly since then. The conference
prodded people to think about policy, the role of languages, the arts and
sport can play in delivering programs and how they can improve what
happens in the classroom.

Key note address:
The best way to teach languages and the best languages to
teach…taking community languages and heritage seriously
Professor Joe Lo Bianco, Dean of Education - University of Melbourne

Community Languages and the Dialogue of Cultures
Prof Joseph Camilleri, Professor of International Relations
Director, Centre for Dialogue – La Trobe University

Making the most of the Times: Community Languages in the Age
Dr. Jane Orton, Honorary Senior Fellow – Melbourne Graduate School
of Education
The University of Melbourne

Homeland Support and the role of Embassies and Consulates
Consuls of Greece, Poland

Australian Human Rights Commission Project
Community Languages Schools Human Rights Curriculum Re-
source and Campaign Project
Dr Teresa De Fazio and Jennifer Davis
Senior Program Manager, Education & Partnerships Section/ Race
Discrimination Unit – Australian Human Rights Commission

Professional Learning Opportunities: Professional Standards
MLTAV and Community Languages Australia cooperating
Andrew Ferguson, President – Modern Languages Teacher Associa-
tion of Victoria

Sport and Community Languages Schools – in partnership
Patrick Skene, Sports Without Borders

               Director-General emphasises the role of

          young people’s involvement in safeguarding

Intangible Cultural Heritage at festivals in Nara, Japan
On 6 August 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, inaugurated the 8th

UNESCO Children’s Performing Arts Festival (CPAF) of East Asia in Nara, Japan.

This was the second time Japan had hosted the festival, the first being in Fukuoka in 2002.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of Nara Prefecture, Mr Shogo Arai and the Mayor of
Nara, Mr Gen Nakagawa. As in previous years, the Japanese actress Komaki Kurihara also attended the festi-
val, which brought together children from four countries, and two regions in East Asia – China (including Hong
Kong SAR and Macau SAR), Japan, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. Unfortunately, children from the De-
mocratic People’s Republic of Korea were not able to participate.

In his address, the Director-General emphasized the following message: “the performing arts are very demand-
ing: they require dedication, teamwork and a great deal of preparation and practice. But they are also one of the
best ways for people to meet and get to know one another, enabling them to overcome differences by working
towards a common objective. In these turbulent times of economic and social crisis, such mutual understanding
and solidarity are invaluable tools for building a brighter tomorrow”.

On 7 August, the Director-General opened the 10th Sub-Regional meeting of Secretaries-General of National
Commissions for UNESCO in East Asia. During this meeting, it was decided, subject to further consultation, that
in 2010 the 9th UNESCO Children’s Performing Arts Festival of East Asia would take place in Macao, China. Mr
Matsuura expressed his sincere hope that this important initiative, which he had personally launched in 2001,
would continue in the years to come.

Mr Matsurra returned to the theme of youth in his 8 August keynote speech at a Symposium on “The Future of
Intangible Cultural Heritage” co-organized by UNESCO and the Asahi Shimbun Company, one of the leading
news publishers in Japan. The Symposium, which gathered experts from across the region, was organized to
sensitize the public at large to the importance of intangible heritage and to discuss the challenges of safeguard-
ing it. In his speech, Mr Matsuura stated that the future of intangible cultural heritage cannot be discussed with-
out considering the role of young people. Observing that younger generations in modern societies may have
difficulties in understanding the values and significance of intangible cultural heritage, the Director-General
noted that in traditional societies, where information from outside was limited and young people acquired new
knowledge primarily from older people in their communities, intangible cultural heritage was naturally and di-
rectly transmitted from generation to generation through their daily activities.

The symposium was followed by a showcase of performing arts and traditional theatre, including some master-
pieces of intangible cultural heritage such as “Nôgaku Theatre” from Japan, “Kun Qu Opera” from China and
“Mugham” from Azerbaijan. The performances took place in the forecourt of the Daibutsuden (the Great Bud-
dha Hall) of the Todaiji-temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


                                  CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2009 HUMAN
                                  RIGHTS MEDALS AND AWARDS

The Australian Human Rights Commission is now calling for nominations for the 2009 Human Rights Medals
and Awards, held annually to recognise the extraordinary contribution to Australian society of individuals and
organisations committed to human rights, social justice and equality.

You can nominate yourself, or an individual or organisation for the 2009 Human Rights Medal, Young People’s
Human Rights Medal or one of the seven award categories: Law, Community (Organisation), Community
(Individual), Literature (non-fiction), Print Media, Television and Radio.

To enter (or nominate an individual or organisation) simply fill in entry form (including supporting material) and
send to us by 2 October 2009. Or if you think an individual or organisation should be considered, please call or
email us their details and we would be happy to send them an entry form.

You can also enter online at—where you’ll find all entry requirements and
general information.


It's the Filipino Australian Teachers Association of Queensland's 15th Annual General Meeting on 09 August
2009 and on 16 August 2009 the Filipino Community Council of Queensland's 20th Annual General Meeting at
the Filipino Community Centre: 69 Nathan Road RUNCORN QLD 4113.

 ESAQ members:
 Promote your school for free in VOICE!
 This column can next be your school’s column! Just write articles about your school, with or
 without pictures, regular activities or events!

 Observe and write for VOICE!
 Participate in VOICE team: be VOICE schools journalists, photographers and designers!
 Submit your articles every first week of February, May, August and November.

 Ask the secretary for your school’s turn in 2009!

 Other queries or to show interests, please:
 email or ring (07) 3360 7520

                      GRANTS OPPORTUNITIES
                        UPCOMING EVENTS

Community Grants Closing 7 September,
Community Grants Program; Lord Mayor's Sustainability Grants; Environmental Grants
Program ; Wildlife Carer Funding Program; Cultivating Community Gardens Grant
Program. The forms will also be available on Council's website - - go to 'Community Support' and
click on 'Grants and awards'.

FAHCSIA Volunteer Grants Program.

Volunteer Grants 2009 provides funding for eligible non-profit organisations to
support their volunteers and encourage volunteering by:

 * purchasing practical and tangible small equipment items to help volunteers;
 * contributing towards the reimbursement of volunteers' fuel costs incurred when
carrying out their volunteering work, including those who use their cars to
transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need.

Organisations can apply for grant funding from a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum
of $5,000. Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised
according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria,
eligibility criteria and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2009 are
provided in the:

Paid Work Experience Opportunity for Skilled Migrants and Refugees,
Program title: HEAT, Managed by: Bridgeworks, Chermside, Aim: to help professional
and skilled migrants and refugees gain long-term, meaningful employment. How it
works: 13 weeks paid employment in your area of profession with a Government or Not
for Profit organisation. Professional development will also be provided on
Australian workplace culture etc.More information at

Multicultural Peace Fair in support of UN Peace Day September 20
Expressions of interest from Cultural and Community groups to hold a stall at the Mt
Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. For more information, phone Richard 3366 1709 or email

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival 11 October
To be held at the Evandale Parklands in Bundall on Sunday 11th October. Information
for sponsors, and application forms for performers, food and craft/information
stallholders are now available on-line.

Free English Classes, Ann St, City.
Free classes by trainee teachers. More information phone 3229 0350 or

Talking TAPA: Pasifika Bark Cloth Exhibition until 11 October
At the Museum of Brisbane, view the diversity of Pacific Islander cultural
practices, heritage and visual iconography through this stunning showcase. Works
from around the Pasifika region including Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Samoa,
Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Wallis and Futuna, will be on show.

MDA Women's craft and life skills group until 6 October
The women’s craft and life skills group continues every Tuesday morning from 10am-12
noon. 25 August School Lunches, School Tuckshop, School Community. Please find
attached a copy
of the craft and life skills group Flyer and the scheduled activities until 6 October.

 Literacy Numeracy & Language Course
The Acacia Ridge & Districts Community Centre are running free literacy programs to
support jobseekers into employment pathways in Aged Care and Child Care. See Flyer

Radio 4EB 98.1 FM is seeking artists for a CD compilation by 21 August
The Brisbane's multicultural community radio station CD will be of live recordings
from a number of local artists and will be distributed and promoted to community
radio stations all around the country. We are looking for a cross section of artists
who play folk, traditional, Latin or fusion. Deadlines for expressions of interest
is close of business on Friday, August 21. Please email or call
Majella on 07 3240 8600

Tongan cross cultural info session at MultiLink- 26 August
A keynote speaker from the Tongan community will provide information including a
brief history of Tonga, Tongan culture (beliefs & values), issues facing communities
 and will also be available to answer any questions. Time: 10.30 am – 1.30pm. Venue:
 MultiLink Community Services, 38 Blackwood Rd, Woodridge ( Next to Logan Diggers).
Cost: $30 inc. lunch. RSVP: 19th Aug - you need to register & pay prior to attending
the sessions

Film Making—Youth Filming Workshop 21-22 Sept
Are you aged between 12-18 from a multicultural background? Interested in film
making? A two-day workshop will be held during the term three school holiday. During
this session an experienced facilitator will teach the basics of short film making.
The theme of the film will
be ―Embracing the Cultural Diversity in My Community. Date: 21 - 22 Sept, at 10 -
5pm. At OKC, 19 Bannerman St, Riverview. Cost: FREE. Book ASAP: Melissa on 3810 2900
or Email

Free art workshops -East Brisbane Community Centre 25-27 August
Get in touch with your creative side. Jewellery, Digital Photography and Painting.
Flyer here. Contact: 3891 5686 or

Art Exhibition 9-13 October East Brisbane Community Centre
For Artists who have used Art to help them heal, and people from multicultural and
indigenous backgrounds. This is an oppurtunity for anyone who hasn't been able to
exhibit their Artwork before. Flyer here. Contact: 3891 5686 or


FROM:            ESAQ Headquarters
SUBJECT:   Opportunity to advertise in “VOICE”

ESAQ (The Ethnic Schools Association of QLD) is a non-profit community-based, public
organisation whose members provide after hours language and cultural education for all
students irrespective of their linguistic background. ESAQ provides an essential service
to the coordination of Queensland’s After Hours Ethnic Schools.

Ethnic Schools operate after normal school hours, generally on weekends, and are
staffed by volunteer teachers not all of whom have formally recognised qualifications
obtained in Australia. The schools provide a valuable service in maintaining cultures,
language and ties within the many various minority groups of Queensland. For more
information visit

ESAQ is now offering the opportunity to advertise in our “VOICE” publication. There is
so much information to be shared regarding language learning and multiculturalism as a
whole in Queensland. As a non-profit organisation, there is only so much money avail-
able in our publications and mail-outs. Your advertising will support the production and
distribution of our impressive “VOICE” newsletter, and see your organisation’s advertise-
ment reach many target community groups all over Brisbane. The publication is also
distributed to government and private enterprise officials, other state language providers
and the interested general public. Advertising costs are exceptionally cheap, so why
miss out on a great opportunity?

The next “VOICE” magazine is due out early December 2009, please express your in-
terest on or before mid-November 2009.

For further information or to reserve a space, contact Novi Hendra on (07) 33607520 or

Thank you!

                                     ¼ A4 Page

                                   $70 (greyscale)
                                    $90 (colour)

       ½ A4 PAGE
  (Horizontal or Vertical)

     $ 80 (greyscale)
      $100 (colour)

   SCHOOLS AROUND QUEENSLAND       $120 (greyscale)
  (REACHING UP TO 370 LANGUAGE/     $140 (colour)

                    Novi Hendra                     AHES Guidelines (Education Queensland)
               Project Officer / Secretary
    Ethnic Schools Association of Qld. Inc.    Follow the links to guidelines, requirements for funding,
                  (07) 3360 7520                            how to start an AHES program,
                                                           and accreditation of learning etc.
                       Barbara Downie
     AHES Coordinator -Education Queensland                          Centrelink
                    (07) 3360 7500                          For newly arrived migrants
                                                          Multicultural Services Officers
                      Katherine Moriarty
      Project Officer – Confronting Racism          Dung Tran        Faith Dawson          Maylene Ah
              (07) 3876 3294 or 0437 180 724                                                  San
                                                   Mt Gravatt,        Stones Cor-            Nundah,
                           BEMAC                  Wynnum, Ca-          ner, South          Chermside,
                       (07) 3391 4433              palaba and          Brisbane,         Mitchelton and
                                                    Cleveland        Toowong and         Strathpine Cen-
    Anglicare Refugee & Migrant Services            Centrelink       Fortitude Val-       trelink offices
            0412 494 406 or 3982 1188             offices Phone:     ley Centrelink      (07) 3866 6362
                                                     (07) 3247           offices
       Queensland LOTE Library                         1272
             Opening Hours
   9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday - Friday
             Street Address                                           Phone: (07)
      Cnr Montague & Ferry Roads                                      3000 2918
                West End
            Postal Address
  PO Box 3663, South Brisbane Q 4101                     Multicultural Community Centre
               Telephone                                          (07) 3257 1868
            +61 7 3360 7521
                                                                     Access Inc.
            +61 7 3360 7599
                                                                   (07) 3808 9299
                                                 Provides settlement services to refugees and newly
                                                         arrived migrants in the Logan area.
                                                Services include: housing, English classes, computer
 Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care
            (07) 3876 3294                                   classes, and income support
333 Given Terrace Paddington QLD 4064                                        Multilink
                                                    Community Development Services Program
              Centrelink                                       (07) 3808 4463
       For newly arrived refugees
 Debra Ware, Area Refugee Coordinator          Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ)
            (07) 3000 2917                                         (07) 3844 9166

              American Book Store                      Logan and Beenleigh Migrant Resource Centre
                 197 Elizabeth Street                         Ph: 3808 9299 Fax: 3208 9319
                   Brisbane 4000                            Email:
                Phone 07 3229 4677
                  Fax 07 3221 2171                    Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Inc.
       visit our website for upcoming events                Ph: (07) 5527 8011 Fax: (07) 5527 8531                              Email:

                                                         Local Government Assn of QLD (LGAQ)
         Adult Migrant English Program                Community Relations Project Officer: Ms Lindy Drew
   Brisbane Migrant           TAFE English                Ph: (07) 3000 2235 Fax: (07) 3252 4473
    English Centre        Language and Literacy              Email:
    (07) 3839 8400           (07) 3234 1666               Centre for Multicultural and Community
                                                         Development, University of Sunshine Coast
                                                             Director: Mr Narayan GopalKrishnan
 Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland
                                                           Ph: (07) 5430 1265 Fax: (07) 5430 2880
                (IWAQ) Inc.
              (07) 3420 0400

          Grants/ Funding Information                       Multicultural Families Organisation Inc.
                                 President: Mrs Ezzat Javanmard
  Contains information on available grant funding           Ph: (07) 5571 0381 Fax: (07) 5571 0334

        Multicultural Affairs Queensland                Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ)
                Ph: 1800 053 739                            Ph: (07) 38447713 Fax: (07) 38447731
               Fax: (07) 3224 5691                                 Email:

                                                                      Brisbane City Council
       YOUR Local Member of Parliament                       Community and Customer Services
The legislative Assembly of Queensland is com-              Multicultural Partnership Program Officer:
posed of members representing 89 electrorates                             Ms Lilly Matich
                                                            Ph: (07) 3407 2815 Fax: (07) 3403 4774
To find out your local Member of Parliament contact         Email:
               (07) 3406 7111 or visit                    To advertise in “Handy Contacts” pages, please contact:
                                                                ESAQ secretariat by phone (07) 33607520                            or email

                                                                   $25 regular (for one year per edition)
      Gold Coast Ethnic Association Inc.                             or $5 per line (minimum 3 lines)
       Ph: 5535 6243 or (07) 5529 2841
                                                      ADVERTISING COSTS ARE EXEMPT FROM GST. PUBLISHED QUAR-
                 Fax: 55356243                          TERLY. DISTRIBUTED TO OVER 40 ETHNIC SCHOOLS AROUND
                                                       QUEENSLAND (REACHING UP TO 370 LANGUAGE/ CULTURE EDU-
                                                         NITY CONTACTS; AND MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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Please circulate this newsletter as widely as possible amongst your instruc-
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Published by:           The Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland Inc.
                        The Queensland LOTE Centre
                        Cnr. Ferry and Montague Roads, West End
                        (07) 3360 7520

POST:                   ESAQ
                        C/o The LOTE Centre
                        PO Box 3663
                        South Brisbane Qld 4101

                        ISSN: 1833-2072


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