Anti-Poverty Week 2020

Atwea College and Alesco Senior College are proud to be taking part in activities that raise awareness for Anti-Poverty Week 2020. Anti-Poverty Week runs from 11th – 17th October 2020 and throughout this week we will be sharing information under the theme ‘Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education’.

By bringing poverty to the forefront of conversation and actively taking part in raising awareness, more Australians will have a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and achievable solutions that can help end it.

We have interviewed staff and students to gain insight into what Anti-Poverty Week means to them and will be distributing this content across our social media platforms during the week.

Education is often referred to as the great equaliser: it can open the door to jobs, resources and skills that a family needs to not just survive but thrive. Access to high-quality education and supporting well-being is a globally recognised solution to the cycle of poverty.

Executive Director of Atwea College, Rowan Cox said that, “As a not-for profit community college, one of Atwea’s main focuses are disadvantaged or vulnerable learners.”

“A quality education supports developing social, cognitive and communication skills. At an individual level, education is a basic human right for all. I am proud to lead an organisation that supports the most vulnerable members of our communities and helps to change lives,” she said.

At Atwea, disadvantaged learners are offered additional support through our Student Support Services unit. This includes wellbeing support and agency referrals to help students achieve their learning goals and to enter positive, long-term employment or further studies.

Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action to collectively end it. The week is coordinated through a National Facilitating Group and works with a network of diverse voices and organisations.

Poverty exists. Poverty hurts us all. We can do something about it.

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