Our work Key project – Living in Between

Living in Between

Living in Between is a partner project between the Hobart College Students Against Racism, the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning and the Alcorso Foundation jointly funded by the Sidney Myer Fund, the Tasmanian Community Fund and Amnesty International.

For more information contact Nene Manasseh on 62231025 or visit: Living in Between website.

Students from Cygnet Primary, Huonville High, Kingston High, Taroona High and Cosgrove High schools learnt first-hand about the differences and similarities during a short course in diversity education. The project is a collaboration between the Hobart College Students Against Racism, the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning and the Alcorso Foundation.

A group of 24 Hobart college students were part of a pilot project that provided opportunity for sharing personal stories with attending district schools.

Project Officer, Nene Manasseh was an Alcorso Foundation recipient of a 2009 Humanitarian Entrant Education Award. Arriving from Kenya in 2005 Ms Manasseh knows first hand of the difficulties facing young refugee students arriving in Tasmania from their home country. Her experience inspired her to work with the Hobart College, the Alcorso Foundation and the Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning to develop a program dedicated to breaking down social and racial barriers. Nene, taking a ‘gap year’ in her studies, is now employed on a part time basis as Living in Between’s Project Officer whilst studying for her Certificate 3 in Community Services.

Speaking about the program and its inaugural presentation at Cygnet Primary School Nene says: “The students were very engaged. They read out poems they wrote and four boys even sang a rap about the things we taught them. I think that the key to the project’s success is that it’s young people teaching other young people.” One of the students at Cygnet Primary School, Jake Buckland, said that he was surprised by the experiences the Hobart College students had been through. “I didn’t really know much about what people had gone through before they came to Australia, now I understand why they left their homelands and why they need a safe place like Australia to settle.”

Many of the students in the Hobart College group have come to Tasmania as humanitarian entrants – from countries as diverse as Sudan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. As well as music and food, they share their stories about settling in Australia and the pain and pleasure of working out how to live between two cultures. Other students in the group talk about relatives who migrated to Australia in the past and tell their stories of ‘Living in Between’.

“It’s also a great learning experience for the Hobart College students as they are able to build their language and public speaking skills. It’s a great boost to their confidence when they see that the other students are really interested in their stories and cultures.” Nene says.

Huonville High student Isaac Banister said, “I learned so much because it was young people teaching us. They made a real connection and they talked in a way we could understand. I had heard a lot about asylum seekers and refugees but actually meeting people who had been through that experience made me realise that this affects real people who all have their own story to tell. It was a great way to learn.”

This partner project has been supported by:

Sidney Myer Fund

Tas Community Fund