Yesterday's World Refugee Day saw the opening of new education facilities at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland.
Costing 6.9 million dollars, the completed project involved the replacement of buildings that pre-dated World War 2, and "were no longer fit for purpose", says Associate Eduction Minister Tim McIndoe, who was on hand for the opening ceremony.
12 new flexible learning spaces were opened, which provide a permanent home for recently arrived refugees to undertake intensive learning before they venture out into New Zealand society.
The school provides six-week courses ranging from early childhood education right through to adult education.
“The courses available at the school provide valuable skills for people of all ages to be successful in New Zealand. The skills taught range from acquisition of the English language, life skills, through to an introduction to New Zealand society and mainstream school curriculum," said Mr. Macindoe.
The brand new buildings form the second stage of the rebuild of the refugee centre.