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First Karen language graduates
06 December, 2017
Amongst the most recent new settlers to Victoria are Karen-speakers from Myanmar, a community that has suffered greatly for many years in refugee camps. In Victoria they have found a safe haven and the education authorities (the Department of Education and Training, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and the Victorian School of Languages) have arranged for the language to be officially taught at all school levels.
On 11 November a function was held at Suzanne Cory Secondary College to celebrate the first Year 12 students to sit for the VCE examinations for Karen. The Hon Tim Pallas, member for Werribee, congratulated the graduating students and also launched the publication of the first Australian VCE Karen textbook.
"I congratulate students graduating from the Year 12 VCE Karen course and the VSL on the launch of the VCE Karen textbook – these achievements showcase the important role of the VSL in promoting diversity, harmony and inclusiveness through the power of language education. We are proud that the VSL is the first School in the world to offer Karen to Year 12 level, which demonstrates the hard work and dedication of students, teachers, parents and all those who have supported the growth of the program.”
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