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Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) is a not for profit organisation promoting the prevention of emotional and physical abuse arising from religious intolerance and cultural discrimination.
Of particular interest to teachers and school leaders will be:
- The JCMA Secondary Schools Project
- This interfaith project seeks to increase understanding of similarities and respect for difference amongst school students, staff and parents.
- Together for Humanity – Primary Schools Project
- This award-winning and innovative project has been delivered to 25,000 students in NSW and the Northern Territories, and is now available to Victorian schools. Students engage with Christian, Islamic and Jewish role models of living in harmony. Children are invited to join a team with people of all cultures and faiths working together for a better world – by doing 40 steps toward one million actions together.
- School Excursions
- Arrange a school visit to a synagogue, church or mosque where you know you will be welcomed in a spirit of respect for difference and diversity, and where the presentation will be clear and appropriate for the age and curriculum requirements.
Making Multicultural Australia
Making Multicultural Australia is one of Australia's leading sources of quality educational resources on multiculturalism. The website contains information on teaching resources and strategies to understand and promote cultural diversity and tolerance. It contains more than 3500 pages of articles, research, teacher guides, lesson plans, audio interviews, video clips and Australian multicultural artworks.
This site is developed by the NSW Department of Education and Training, University of Technology Sydney, and Office of the Board of Studies NSW, in partnership with the Queensland Government, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Migration Heritage Centre NSW and Australia Council for the Arts.
Multicultural Education is an useful website by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education, Victorian Government, providing information, resources and strategies on dealing with diversity in education for school leaders, teachers and parents. It also contains details of upcoming events and programmes, as well as professional development and skills training programmes. The Programs - Multicultural Education page will be especially useful for teachers, and of particular interest may be Combating Racism and Prejudice in Schools: Keynotes (downloadable PDF).
Curriculum Corporation is a major provider of curriculum materials and services in Australia, and specialists in educational project management at national and international levels.
Of particular interest to teaching in Multifaith classrooms is its hand in developing Values Education for Australian Schools.
Centre for Dialogue, LaTrobe University
The Centre for Dialogue specialises in the theory and practice of dialogue in all its cultural, religious, political and economic dimensions. The Centre seeks to identify effective avenues and mechanisms that can promote international and national dialogue.
Of particular interest to teachers and school leaders will be:
- Education Dialogue Project
This Project promotes the use of dialogue in order to heighten intercultural awareness in Victorian secondary schools. It has helped build an educational Programmeme that mitigates community conflict and tension, and promotes multicultural dialogue and co-operation. Commencing in 2004, the Project has entailed extensive consultations with academics and a range of community, ethnic and religious organisations. The Project has benefited from the guidance of an advisory committee comprising experts in education from across Victoria.
The Education Dialogue Project has stressed the importance of the following:
- the need to hold up to scrutiny traditions and worldviews in order to discover their basic ethical impulses, and their potential for adaptation;
- placing emphasis on engagement with, and not merely recognition of, the ‘other’;
- encouraging processes that invite open inquiry, taking risks when doing so, while maintaining equality/fairness;
- stressing both humility and mutual respect as essential aspects of one’s disposition;
- discovering one’s self through discovering the other;
- nurturing empathy and compassion though telling and listening to stories.
The Education Dialogue Project promotes intercultural awareness by hosting training workshops that promote ideas integral to intercultural dialogue to secondary school teachers and other education professionals; and collaborating with a select group of schools with a view to devising initiatives informed by the idea of intercultural dialogue.
For more information on this project please contact Dr. George Myconos (Education Projects Coordinator) at email@example.com
- Leadership Training Programme for Young Muslims
- The Programme, first run in 2007, involves workshops, seminars, lectures, field trips, debates, assignments and interviews with prominent decision makers in Australia. Participants are trained to develop the skills they need to engage confidently and creatively with all levels of government, business, academia, the professional world, the media, and religious and community organisations.
Diversity: An Educational Advantage – Online Teacher Support
(This website has been developed for use by teachers and is currently restricted to password access only. To request a password, please email your name, email, professional interest in this website and your institutional affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org)
This website aims to provide secondary school teachers with insights into the educational experiences of Arabic-background students, and how teachers are responding to some of their needs. Through critical reflection on the themes described in this website, teachers are encouraged to:
- Explore various themes arising from school case studies in which students and teachers recount their experiences dealing with issues of teaching and learning in culturally diverse settings
- Make connections between key issues of cultural diversity and identity, curriculum frameworks, and their own unique teaching environments
- Obtain useful resources for professional development
- Resource strategies developed by other teachers for use in their own classroom
- Relate their own experiences to the experiences of teachers and students described in this website
- Develop their own strategies for addressing the educational challenges of cultural diversity in their school.
Islamic World Discovery Project
The Islamic World Discovery Project (IWDP) commissions and sponsors the creation of resources about the Arab and Islamic world for use in Australian schools. IWDP resources address the desired learning outcomes in the broad Humanities, English, the Arts, and Civics and Citizenship domains. IWDP curriculum developers utilise the pedagogical principles that underpin the domains of thinking, interpersonal skills and communication. IWDP formats include:
- Studies of Society and Environment
- A magazine format resource popular with Year 8 to Year 11 students and teachers in the mandatory Study of Society & Environment (SOSE), and also relevant to Geography, History, Media Studies, International Relations, Tourism Studies, and Business & Economics. Two copies of each edition are distributed free of charge to every Australian secondary school.
- Big Books
- Large format, illustrated, Arab and Islamic country specific books popular at Australian primary school level.
- Treasures of the Islamic World
- A set of 14 high gloss cards that feature an image of an Islamic artefact on one side and related educational text on the other.
- Youth Challenge
- Practical project-based challenges that stimulate students’ investigation of their local community and of Australia’s global engagement, centred on Australia’s history of relations with the Arab and Islamic world.
- Explore Saudi Arabia
- A Modern Nation is a 12-page study unit that appears in the popular STUDIES magazine and was distributed to every Australian Secondary school in March 2007.
Asia Education Foundation
The Asia Education Foundation (AEF) is a joint activity of Asialink at the University of Melbourne and Curriculum Corporation. The AEF provides Australian schools and teachers with a range of services to promote studies of Asia in which cultural diversity as well as intercultural understanding and sensitivity is emphasised. This website provides information about AEF’s:
- curriculum resources
- advice for schools
- professional learning Programmes
- study tours and conferences in Asia
- discussion group for teachers
- AEF news
Other Useful Sites
- Parliament of the World’s Religions
- Parliament of the World’s Religions brings together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation. As the world’s largest interreligious gathering, the Parliament will convene religious and civil leaders and people of faith, spirit and goodwill from at least or more than 80 countries to foster interreligious, civil and cross-cultural dialogue on important local, national, and global issues. The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held in Melbourne on December 3-9.
- Victorian Multicultural Commission
- Of particular interest to teachers will be the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network (MMYN). The MMYN was established in 2007 to focus on issues relevant to young people of diverse faiths and cultures. The MMYN is comprised of 20 young people representing different faiths, cultures and life experience. Through the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and the Office for Youth (OFY) the MMYN provides advice to the Victorian Government on a range of multifaith, multicultural youth issues and initiatives.
- The high resolves initiative
- The High Resolves Initiative seeks to motivate young people to be purposeful global citizens by running highly engaging experiences in high schools. Their Programmes create opportunities that are specifically designed to provoke teenagers to reflect on questions such as 'What is my role as a global citizen?' and 'How can I make a difference?'
- A Diverse Australia
- Information on programmes that respond to Australia's cultural diversity, in partnership with governments and community organisations, seeking to meet the challenges, maximise the benefits and promote unity for all Australians.
- Living in Harmony
- The Living in Harmony Programme is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The Programme is designed to encourage all Australians to contribute to, and build upon Australia's social cohesion.