March 5th 2013 is an important day for all New Zealands including those from refugee-backgrounds.
The Census is the offical count of all people in Aotearoa NZ. Information collected helps determine how billions of dollars is spent in communities in areas such as education, roading, hospitals etc. It takes place every 5 years.
The information collected by Statistics NZ, a government agency will not be shared with any other organisation.
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Support available for refugee-background university students
A fund to help pay for refugee-background students' tuition and student levy fees for the English Proficiency programme, The Foundation Studies Programme, or for Academic Writing in ESL is now available.
Refugee-background students preparing for university, or already studying at university and having difficulty managing their courses, can now receive financial assistance.
A positive outcome of the Equity Campaign launched earlier this year has been the University of Auckland Council's recent approval of a revised Equity Policy, which includes refugee-background staff and students.
Victoria University is supporting the Auckland University's Equity Office staff to develop resources to support students and staff.
Over 80 community members from 10 different communities identified the issues, challenges and barriers that need to be addressed in order for the five Refugee Resettlement Strategy outcomes to be achieved. The Strategy is being developed by the Department of Labour, and ChangeMakers organised the forums to ensure communities have input into the proposed strategy.
New resources from UNHCR and Refugees International
Access to education for refugees is explored in a new short documentary about refugees living in Nairobi and other urban areas. Released on 1 March 2011, the documentary was produced by Refugees International and profiles Mwiki Primary School in Githurai and the good work of Kenyan officials, teachers, and students as well as UNHCR and its partners to facilitate refugee access to education in urban areas.