Education Program visits Dandenong Tutoring Program

Date published

04 Oct 2019

Tom Ryan, from RFDS Victoria’s Education Program, recently paid a visit to the Dandenong Tutoring Program - a free, educational service providing assistance to students from low socioeconomic and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program is multi-faceted, providing tutoring, reading support, tertiary entrance programs, breakfast clubs, and, in this instance, important information about the people and organisations who have shaped Australian culture.

With 31 nationalities represented amongst the cohort of approximately 165 students, the RFDS’ visit provided a great opportunity to share the organisation’s history with an audience who were unfamiliar with the RFDS’ work.  

The Dandenong Tutoring Program supports (on average) 78 students per week, encompassing 31 different nationalities and a large cohort of refugee students.

Many of the students were impressed with Tom’s explanation of the $20 note, and loved hearing the story of RFDS founder John Flynn.

“I think that my sister is jealous that she didn’t get to write about it!” said one year two student.

For more information on Tom’s program, please visit