STC Connected program wins Humanitarian Award

Congratulations to STC’s Connected program with ‘Best Project’ at the STARTTS Humanitarian Awards. The awards acknowledge individuals and organisations making an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW.

STC Connected program wins Humanitarian Award

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STC’s commitment to the community extends well beyond what happens on stage. Since 2016 they have helped refugees, asylum seekers and migrants learn English through their donor-supported Connected program. Connected uses drama to improve language and communication skills, focusing on using imaginative stories and folktales to explore character, place and meaning. Participants enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and find that learning English quickly becomes fun.

In addition to improving English language skills, Connected also aims to increase participants’ sense of social connectedness and wellbeing. "It's a different way of learning," explains Connected Teaching Artist and Western Sydney University lecturer Dr Rachael Jacobs. "We see so many different positive results. Students start using more complex adjectives and longer sentences, but the other benefit is students start to see their own creative potential, and think of future possibilities."

They deliver the program in partnership with organisations including the Asylum Seekers Centre and MTC Australia. It evolved out of STC Education’s unique and highly respected School Drama™ program, which uses drama strategies to improve literacy in primary school students.

Kathyrn Salman, a trainer with MTC, sees the success of the program firsthand.

"Before Connected the students were very much reliant on a teacher-centred view, where I stand up and facilitate the lesson. Now they're more willing to help each other, to work together to get the answers, and communicate more with English. The program has been such a worthwhile experience. The students have got so much out of it and it's been great watching them grow."

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