– Dulcie, carer
Jasmine in Year 6 and Isiah in Year 2 are enthusiastic members of the Ngunnawal Primary School Learning Club. Once a week after school they attend Learning Club where they work on their school projects with support from volunteers and take part in fun learning activities with other children from the local primary school.
Dulcie, the children's grandmother who has full time care of Isiah, Jasmine and their older brother Samuel, in Year 8, started taking her two youngest grandchildren to Learning Club so they could receive extra help with their reading. "They get to complete their homework, learn to get along with others and are learning to read so much better. My granddaughter just loves books and my young grandson loves mixing with others, reading and playing. Both get so much from the Learning Club."
The family is very committed to the values of education, and Dulcie has encouraged the children to focus on learning and getting an education so they can have more opportunities when they finish school.
Jasmine, Isiah and Samuel are supported through the Learning for Life sponsorship program. Dulcie says that the support from The Smith Family has helped her pay for school essentials which she wouldn't be able to afford for all the kids, as well as provided them with valuable support and encouragement to keep them interested in learning.