National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June, promotes conversations to build understandings between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Australia’s First Peoples. We deepen understandings and work together to achieve equality in life expectancy, education, employment and other indicators of disadvantage.
Set the scene the week before, on 21 May, with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which challenges us to deepen our intercultural understandings and the importance of inclusion and building relationships to learn to live together better.
The Australian Curriculum, cross-curriculum priority, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and the general capability, Intercultural understanding can be developed by a focus on these events.
Global education’s five learning emphases: interdependence and globalisation, identity and cultural diversity, social justice and human rights, peace building and conflict resolution, and sustainable futures are all strongly evident in the three organising ideas of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority: Country/Place, Culture, and People. From early numeracy investigations to the history of human rights, from engaging with traditional stories to understanding the science of place, there are many options for including both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and a global education perspective.
Australian Curriculum, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Australian Curriculum, Intercultural understanding
Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion Facebook page
Plural + 2012 Youth Video Festival Award winners
Australian Human Rights Commission, Racism and diversity: not just black and white (podcast)
Global education teaching strategy, diversity