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  • Implementation committee appointed for the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    Implementation committee appointed for the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    The Victorian government has announced today the membership of the Implementation Committee for the African Communities Action Plan (VACAP). VACAP was developed by and for African communities in partnership with the Victorian Government to improve the wellbeing of all Victorians of African heritage.  “The African Communities Action Plan is a comprehensive, long term strategy to address a wide range of issuesaffecting Victorians of African heritage. We are supporting and empowering Victorians of African heritage, and are proud to work in partnership […]

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  • Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Gambling can be fun and a lot of young people see it as such. But there is a lot more to gambling than just fun and the possibility of wining big money.   Gambling is an activity that attracts the attention of a lot of Australians in general. Statistics available through Wikipedia indicate that more than 80% of adults Australians engage in gambling of some kind and this is the highest rate in the world. With a such a high […]

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  • Vote for Pick My Project to support community Harmony.

    Vote for Pick My Project to support community Harmony.

    Dear Friend.  We need your help! We are initiating a great project to promote community harmony in the city Wyndham (Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Tarneit, Truganina and Wyndham vale) Your vote could help us receive much needed funding.  Voting closes this Sunday, 16th September. Your vote can help us.    Please follow these steps for Voting  –  Go to https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/and click on ‘register’ (top right corner). You can register with Facebook, Google or Email. Complete your profile (Username, First Name, Last […]

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  • Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Media Release  Wyndham African Communities’ Network (WACN)    The Wyndham African Communities Network (WACN) has followed with interest the community consultation session organised by the African Australian Task Force (AATF) on Wednesday 5thSeptember in the city of Wyndham.  WACN members believe that the Task force is a good initiative, which may help address many issues affecting youth at risk and troubled youth within African communities. We are encouraged by the high turn up during the consultation meeting, which demonstrates high […]

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  • Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    African communities in general and South Sudanese groups in particular are still grappling with issues affecting a small but growing section of troubled youth who are increasingly attracting attention from the media and right wing commentators and politicians. There is growing interest from the Victorian government to address this issue, both from a political perspective, given that the elections are near, as well as from a social cohesion and community harmony standpoint. However, it appears that many of the government-funded […]

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  • Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Ripe for Innovation   Africa is a continent that is usually  not associated with innovation. The continent has had more than its fair share of social and political problems. As of late though, it seems that Africa is breaking out of its shell and bucking this stereotype. Everyday there are new and interesting innovations that are changing the way people think about the continent.   Africa has become fertile tech ground for many reasons. The first is that there is […]

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  • Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    It is that that time of the year, time for the end of the year awards and time for the 6th edition of AFroshine Australia Awards, the only national awards program for African-Australian communities around the country. Afroshine awards seek to highlight great stories of excellence and altruistic contributions by and from African individuals and organisations in Australia. It is about recognising the value that many African people add to the development of Australia and tell a different story from […]

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  • Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    The leadership crisis within the South Sudanese community remains unresolved. In this video interview, Deng Majak, the secretary general of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria (SSCAV), responds to Achol Marial and her group  and calls them a joke. Achol’s supporters recently met in Melbourne to oust the chair of the association and two other members of the executive committee. Watch the video for more informatoin       

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  • Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Vulnerable families in Victoria will receive more support thanks to additional funding announced today by the Victorian government.   A funding package of $72.4 million has been announced today by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos  over two years  to support vulnerable families and children.   “Every Victorian child deserves the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential. The most effective way to achieve this is by investing in programs we know will strengthen families […]

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  • Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial has granted an interview to AMA in which she clarifies her position regarding the latest leadership challenge within the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria.  

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  • Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    The leadership of the South Sudanese Community in Victoria appears to be in crisis. A group of disgruntled members of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria (SSAV) Inc, has convened a meeting and voted on a resolution to oust the current chairperson of the association Mr Ring Mayar, along with two other members of the executive team, including the deputy chairperson Mr Awan Kuol and the secretary general Deng Majak.   The disgruntled group has nominated a new executive team […]

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  • Of African Appearance……

    Of African Appearance……

      In the midst of the debate over the racial labelling of African and Sudanese gangs in the media, The Australian on the 30 July printed an article on a group of men who gatecrashed a party in suburban Melbourne. That this event should make the news is hardly noteworthy. Crime sells, as does violence, and there is a public interest to it. Unfortunately, what is also increasingly unsurprising is the selective and racial language used in the article. The gatecrashers, […]

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  • job opportunities knocking for African-Australians: AAIP extended till 19 August 2018

    job opportunities knocking for African-Australians: AAIP extended till 19 August 2018

    This is a paid message promoting AAIP program    Jesuit Social Services in partnership with National Australia Bank (NAB) are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the latest round of the African Australian Inclusion Program (AAIP) in Melbourne, Shepparton and Sydney! The application period runs from  Friday 3 August 2018 through to Wednesday 19 August 2018 (extended from 15 August).     The AAIP provides six months of paid, supported work experience at NAB for qualified African-Australians. Lack of local work experience prevents […]

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  • Media training for young African-Australians offered by The Age

    Media training for young African-Australians offered by The Age

    The Age is offering an opportunity to young African -Australians interested in the media industry  to gain understanding and knowledge about how the media works in Australia. Any interested young person can send their expression of interest to gabriela@yay.org.au  or call 0425225 020  

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  • African-Australian youth more likely to go to university than non-migrant youths

    African-Australian youth more likely to go to university than non-migrant youths

    Counter to recent rhetoric about Australia being “swamped” by non-English speaking migrants “who refuse to assimilate”, new research shows young people from African and Arabic migrant families are more likely to go to university than non-migrants. The analysis by Andrew Norton of the Grattan Institute looks at rates of university participation among 18-20 year olds, grouped by the language they speak at home. Compared to Australians who speak English at home, the rate of university participation is significantly higher for […]

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  • Victorian government provides more support to South Sudanese communities

    Victorian government provides more support to South Sudanese communities

      The Victorian government  is paying more attention on youth issues within South Sudanese communities in Melbourne. The  government has provided a $5.5 million funding package, which was announced on 30 July 2018 to establish three new Community Support groups that will focus on helping  South Sudanese youths to be their best.   The government is hoping to be able to get more community engagement, resilience and more meaningful assistance provided to young people to link them to appropriate services. […]

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  • Police charge teenager following CBD murder last weekend

    Police charge teenager following CBD murder last weekend

    Homicide Squad detectives have charged a 17-year-old male following the death of Laa Chol in the CBD last Saturday. Police were called to an address on A’Beckett Street following reports of a woman suffering serious injuries about 5.15 AM on 21 July.   Laa Chol, killed last Saturday morning in Melbourne    Paramedics attended, however the 19-year-old died at the scene. Police arrested a 17-year-old male from Sunshine North earlier this afternoon and he has since been charged with one […]

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  • Kenyatta on bankable infrustructure projects

    Kenyatta on bankable infrustructure projects

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has made an urgent call for developing and funding bankable infrastructure projects to drive Africa’s growth agenda. According to a statement by African Development Bank, in Kenyatta’s keynote address at the Africa50 General Shareholders Meeting held in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, said he supports bankable projects in energy, transport, ICT, water and sanitation provide unprecedented opportunities for private sector participation. “The private sector must step up and help us close the infrastructure gap on the African continent. Public […]

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  • Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    The recently launched Victorian African Community Action Plan is an unprecedented government-backed plan designed to help strengthen African communities in Victoria.   In this video series, we look at what the plan entails, what has happened since it was launched in  21 April 2018 and what can be expected from it moving forward Watch the video for all the details 

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  • Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    By Belthrand Habiakare  The ability to celebrate our uniqueness without infringing on the otherness is what freedom entails. The testimony of the 30th June 2018 Joining the rest of the world, where Burundians have resettled including Norway and France, to name, but a few, the Burundian diaspora in Victoria reiterated allegiance to their ancestral heritage once again. Our ancestors held that he, who does not know where he came from, cannot pretend to know where he is going. Therefore, by […]

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  • Africans need to produce more knowledge

    Africans need to produce more knowledge

    In this  information  age, ignorance is a choice. Digital technologies are so powerful that we now literally walk around with a digital university in the palm of our hands. Mobile phones and laptops can give access to top knowledge through online videos, audio-books, conferences papers etc… All you need to do is to want to learn and sign up for a large data plan and you can access the latest knowledge produced by top scholars and specialists from any where.  […]

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