Refugees learn literacy through unique circus program

A new children's story book illustrated by refugee children who are participants of Westside Circus' Pages Fly program will be launched at Roxburgh Rise Primary School.

Image: Three to five-year-old participants at Roxburgh Rise Primary School and their families. Photo by Samara Clifford.

A program run by Westside Circus that combines literacy and art to meet the needs of newly-arrived refugee children to Melbourne, is launching a storybook which will coincide with a circus performance showcasing the skills learned by its participants.

Based on a traditional Assyrian Chaldean story, Zengilo and Bengilo is the culmination of two terms worth of work from 3-5 year-old participants from the VICSEG New Futures Assyrian Chaldean Playgroup at Roxburgh Rise Primary School.

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