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KWAMI DODZI MAWUTOWU ASSIMADI
From a refugee camp in Ghana to a class room at the University of Ballarat,
Kwami's journey has been extraordinary.
After 15 years in a refugee camp Kwami and his family finally migrated to
Ballarat in 2007 where a world of new opportunities, but also new challenges,
opened up before him.
Previously a school teacher in Togo, Kwami
understands the importance of lifelong
learning and tackled the biggest problem,
the language barrier, with enthusiasm and
a view that this was another opportunity
After completing an English as
a Second Language course,
Kwami then enrolled in a
Diploma of Mining at the
University, where a whole
new set of challenges,
such as the technology and
different teaching methods,
showed him that nothing
worthwhile is ever easy.
But perseverance, help from
friends and teachers and
sheer enthusiasm for his new
country and the opportunities it
provides ensured his success.
As a Ballarat Multicultural
Ambassador Kwami is helping
others overcome language barriers
and encouraging people to not
lose heart when things seem too
different and too hard.
The pay--off from perseverance is
belonging to a community that
is welcoming, helpful, safe and
a place that quickly becomes
City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
A city for children
A community that takes collective responsibility for its young people will
reap the rewards in years to come, as many health and wellbeing problems
seen in adults have their origins in early childhood.
To ensure a community-wide approach to the wellbeing of our children, late
last year Council adopted its second Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) which
outlines a range of activities to to ensure that all children in the community
have the best chance to enjoy a healthy, happy childhood.
The Plan ensures that Council continues to use the latest research in childhood
development to support all the various groups, organisations, individuals
and agencies that work with and care for children in our community.
In 2006 the City of Ballarat was acknowledged by UNICEF as a Child Friendly
City. According to the people of Ballarat, this is one that:
sserts the rights of every child and values children as equal
uilds spaces with children in mind so they can actively be part of
social and community life;
reates workplace environments that are family-friendly;
emands safety in all dimensions; and
nsures children have access to affordable services such as specialist
health services, early childhood care, lifelong learning opportunities
and support services.
These principles of being a Family Friendly City have guided the development
of the new Municipal Early Years Plan with specific actions for Council and
others under each of the above themes.
For further information on the Municipal
Early Years Plan contact Council's Best Start
Community Facilitator Merran Flemming on
5320 5773 or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
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