Australia to set up refugee schools

JOHANNESBURG - The Australian government is planning to set up two schools to cater for hundreds of thousands of Zimbabwean refugees here.

The idea has the backing of Methodist Church bishop Paul Verryn, who has been at the forefront in looking after Zimbabwean refugees at his Central Methodist Church.

A senior diplomat from the Australian embassy in Pretoria who requested anonymity confirmed the plans.

“The situation in Zimbabwe is critical with hundreds of students leaving home to come here in South Africa where they are finding it difficult to access education opportunities. Given this crisis, our (Australian) government is planning to start at least two schools for Zimbabweans especially asylum seekers and refugees at Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg,” said the diplomat.

Bishop Verryn said there were hundreds of qualified Zimbabweans who could offer their services to assist those who have been finding it difficult to find places in schools because they did not have proper documentation. – ZimOnline

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