New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
Over 90 applications were received for our pilot women's driver licence project. Seventy women attended the compulsory information sessions held in each part of the Wellington region to prepare for professional driving lessons. Learners were then be matched with a trained volunteer to practice their newly acquired driving skills.
The driving licence programme has been led by an advisory group of women from communities and women who have taught refugee-background learners to drive.
Luz Amalia Restrepo, the first person to obtain her restricted licence from our programme.
The programme is possible due to the generosity of Wellington women who have committed to sponsoring individual learners to cover the cost of professional lessons. Most of the sponsors have agreed to continue sponsorship for a further two years to help sustain the project. We are extremely grateful for their support.
Listen to Radio New Zealand's coverage on the programme here