The Original and the New RNLC 

The original River Nile Learning Centre (RNLC) was established in 2006 to assist the African refugee community.  That entity (ABN: 20 382 591 724) was approved to become a senior-secondary school in December 2016 and changed its name to the River Nile School (RNS).  RNS had its first year operating as a registered, independent school in 2017.  

The new River Nile Learning Centre (ABN: 13 616 662 134) was established in January 2017 to provide education programs and services to young refugee and asylum seeker women, who’s age, visa or personal circumstances prohibit them from being enrolled in the School.  Separation of services was a requirement of the School’s registration. 


The new RNLC

· commenced in January 2017 with 10+ years of knowledge, experience and networks
· is 100% volunteer-led
· 100% dependent on grants, donations and fundraising


RNLC’s core programs are:

· Foundation English (Pre-accredited EAL I & II) developing essential English language & literacy skills

·  Numeracy, Work and Life Skills

RNLC meets the needs of newly arrived women, who are not eligible to be enrolled in the River Nile School, and who would struggle to function in our community without our service. 

It also supports the charitable needs of the School.

It has freedom to identify and pursue new opportunities in response to the changing needs of refugees & asylum seekers, and their children.

We are fortunate to have a small, dedicated team of high caliber staff with a deep personal passion and understanding for our work, extensive experience and skills and a wealth of ideas to enhance student and organization outcomes. 


Lisa Wilson
Foundation Director
Volunteer role

Established company director and general manager.
Extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management.
Strong track record of voluntary service in community leadership, women’s advancement and Horn of Africa communities.
Graduate & Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and Australian Graduate School of Management.

Rebecca Robinson
EAL Teacher, Engagement & Wellbeing Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator
Part-time

Highly experienced secondary teacher of more than 10 years, specializing in Mathematics and Psychology teaching, as well as working as a year level coordinator.  Completed Masters of TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2015.  Joined River Nile in 2014 as part of her TESOL student placement and subsequently remained engaged as a volunteer tutor, she was then employed as an EAL teacher to help develop our growing programs for asylum seekers in 2015.
VicTESOL Committee member.


Diana Vassallo
EAL Teacher
Casual

An experienced teacher, who completed her Masters of TESOL from The University of Melbourne in 2017.  She joined River Nile as part of her TESOL student placement and subsequently remained engaged as a volunteer tutor, she was then employed as an EAL teacher to help develop our growing programs for asylum seekers in 2017.

Jenny King
Teacher
Casual

Long teaching career in the UK including as a Department Head in a Primary School in UK.  For 12 years in the UK taught a variety of students with a variety of special needs, before migrating to Australia in 2013.  She has been an active RNLC volunteer tutor since February 2014 and was an ideal fit to join our team as a Special Education teacher when the need arose early in 2017.


Suzan Najuan, Nawal Omer, Letekidan Teke, Nykur Dhuor
– Child Care Educators

Part-time (2 educators per day for 5 hr per days)

Suzan, Nawal, Letekidan and Nykur are qualified childcare educators, who are of African heritage and were once refugees themselves.  Our childcare prepares the children of our students to successfully transition to kindergarten or primary school - as capable, confident and curious learners.  On-site support is essential for children who have experienced trauma or have recently been released from immigration detention, as developing confidence just to be separated from their mum is a huge first step.

Between these educators they speak fluent Arabic, Bari, Tigrinyan, Dinka and a few other languages which is a tremendous asset in working with young EAL children.


We are overseen by a talented Board with a diverse mix of capabilities, experiences and networks to govern our organisation.


Rich Brown – Chair
Founding Member, 2016

Chief Operating Officer at Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA).Previously managed CPA Australia’s professional programs including the CPA Program and, before that, was involved in a range of policy and planning roles with Federal and State Government departments.

Founding committee member for Impact100Melbourne, a group that aims to provide high-impact grants and increase involvement in philanthropy across Melbourne - RNLC was the inaugural grant recipient in 2013.

Lisa Wilson – Foundation Director (voluntary)
Founding Member, 2016

Established company director and general manager. Extensive experience in strategic planning, governance, stakeholder engagement and general business management. Strong track record of voluntary service in community leadership, women’s advancement and Horn of Africa communities.

Graduate & Fellow Australian Institute Company Directors, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and Australian Graduate School of Management.


John O’Shea
Treasurer, Secretary & Public Officer

Founding Member, 2016

Retired teacher and school Principal. Formerly Head of Pastoral Care moving on to become Principal of Mowbray College.

Set up English language School in Ningbo, China. Interests in several business ventures in China, now retired.

Mmaskepe Sejoe
Member since 2017

Social Scientist with 30+ years practical experience in human rights with a particular interest in human rights and public policy. Previously worked as a Consultant Researcher for the Botswana Centre for Human Rights, where she also represented the organisation in groups such as Women in Law and Development.  Went on to work in Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Human Rights and Culture as well as Human Rights and Policing in Australia and Overseas. Result oriented with comprehensive experience in not-for-profit and public policy. Proven ability to conceive, revitalize and raise needed resources for programs at national and international levels.
Formative years and education in Botswana.


Peter Brent
Member since 2017

Retired civil engineer and consultant.Has been a proactive RN volunteer since 2014, leading the identification and writing of RNLC philanthropic grant applications and organising our FoodBank for students each week.

Jane Kanizay
Member since 2017

Former civil, structural and architectural drafter and business owner. Practising visual artist.  Currently studying CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages). Xavier Social Justice Network Committee Member. An active RNLC volunteer tutor since 2016. Chair of the River Nile School since 2017.

Mary Ingamells
Member since 2017

A psychologist and coach with a counselling practice working with individuals, couples and families. Extensive past experience in executive roles leading human resources and organisational development in several significant organisations. Early career was as a high school teacher of science and mathematics. Strengths include strategic thinking, communication and business acumen.