Brimbank City Council is helping local families teach children to read in their home language.

On 17 November 2017, the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy launched nine Matu Chin dialect children’s books. The books were created by eight community members alongside Professor John Hajek, Director of the Research Unit for Multilingualism & Cross-Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at the University of Melbourne.


The books were an initiative from an ongoing partnership between Brimbank City Council’s Learning unit, VICSEG New Futures and RUMACCC around the value of multilingualism and encouraging families to speak to their children in the languages they know best, including home languages.


The nine books were officially launched as part of the 2017 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival by Brimbank City Council Mayor, Cr Margaret Guidice.

PDF copies of the books can be found on RUMACCC’s website or by clicking here

The project aligns with the Brimbank Community Learning Strategy’s priority of ‘Supporting parents in their role as their child’s first teacher’


Nina Photakis

Learning Officer

Brimbank City Council


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