Go to top of page

About the Ministerial Advisory Committee: Multicultural Education and Languages (MELC)

The Ministerial Advisory Committee: Multicultural Education and Languages (MELC) provides advice to the South Australian Minister for Education on 3 interrelated areas of education: languages education, multicultural education and the internationalisation of education. It works across the 3 schooling sectors and encompasses the Ethnic and Community Schools Languages Program.

Though the work of MELC encompasses these 3 named areas, it needs to be recognised that the focus on linguistic and cultural diversity, which is the overarching theme of MELC’s work, permeates all areas and dimensions of education, and as such it pertains to all learners, to all areas of learning and to all schools and early childhood settings.

MELC works collaboratively with educational and community organisations toward ensuring that education for all students is enriched by engaging with linguistic and cultural diversity and that children and young people learn to operate with sophistication and ease with people across diverse languages and cultures. That is, to develop and operate with intercultural capability. The experience of doing so is an integral part of the learning experience of young people in a global world.

More information about what the committee does is available in our terms of reference (PDF 86KB)

Vision

MELC provides educational leadership and high-level expert advice and shares its expertise in contemporary research, policy and practices relating to languages education, multicultural education and the internationalisation of education.

MELC is committed to working in collaboration with educational organisations, agencies and communities.

Principles

MELC supports contemporary and innovative initiatives in linguistic and cultural diversity for students that are based on:

  • Learning in diversity through experiences that promote learning about themselves/others and their learning and knowing in the context of diversity
  • Identity-formation through reflecting on individual perspectives, identities and belonging, and developing self-awareness of educational and life experiences
  • Experience and participation that is personal and direct rather than indirect
  • Imagination through experiences that foster imagination and creativity
  • Opportunities for all students, including marginalised young people
  • Reflection – through opportunities for evaluating and reflecting on personal experience.

Membership

Members of MELC are appointed by the Minister for Education. Members are chosen for their knowledge and experience of the 3 interrelated areas of education: languages education, multicultural education and the internationalisation of education.

Chair

Associate Professor Angela Scarino has been the Chair of MELC from its inception in December 2015 and was Chair of the former MEC from 2013 to 2015.

MELC members

  • Associate Professor Angela Scarino – chairperson (independent)
  • Ms Deonne Smith – Department for Education
  • Ms Teresa Cimmino – Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
  • Mrs Deb Dalwood – The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
  • Ms Kayoko Enomoto – The South Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee (SAVCC)
  • Ms Antonietta Cocchiaro OAM – SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC)
  • Associate Professor Harry Savelsberg – Multicultural Youth SA
  • Professor Martin Westwell – SACE Board of South Australia
  • Mr Darryl Buchanan – Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia (ESASA)
  • Ms Lia Tedesco – educational leader (principal or director)
  • Dr Michelle Kohler – leading educator
  • Ms Samoda Silva – student nominee
  • Ms Jasmine Millbanks – early childhood or preschool director
  • Ms Olga Kostic – parent nominee
  • TBC – Aboriginal nominee
  • Mr Adireddy Yara – community nominee

Annual reports

For a summary of our activities download our annual report:

MELC Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1191
Email: education.mecs [at] sa.gov.au