Thursday, 5 December 2013

Living in Between: Diversity Education through Storytelling 2014 program open

Contact: Helen Hortle, A Fairer World
P: 62231025   E: admin@afairerworld.org   W: www.afairerworld.org

Date: 2014          RSVP: 19 December 2013
Location: Tasmania

Intended Audience: All teachers

Expressions of interest are sought to be one of four schools to participate in Living in Between: Diversity Education through Storytelling with the TasTAFE Students Against Racism in 2014

Living in Between is a multi-award winning education program listed by the Australian Human Rights Commission as a recommended good practice example for addressing racism (2012, National Anti-Racism Strategy Consultation Report, p.20).

The program has proven to be highly successful in improving students' attitudes and knowledge around issues of race and culture.

Students Against Racism is a group of young people who came to Australia as refugees and migrants from a diversity of countries and circumstances. Working with their teacher, Gini Ennals, the group delivers a program that explains why people leave their homeland, the experience of being a refugee and the settlement issues young people have to deal with in Tasmania.

The young people share their stories and experiences to build understanding and help people connect with each other. They will participate with school students in activities that explore the issues around racism and challenge them to examine the causes and consequences of racism and how they can combat it.

What we will provide
  • A 1 hour pre-program meeting between participating staff and students at your school and EAL teacher, Gini Ennals, with two members of the Students Against Racism group.
  • Three 1½ hour sessions at your school run by Gini with 20-30 members of the Students Against Racism group. Sessions will comprise the Living in Between presentation, activities to help students to develop empathy with refugees, and cross-cultural activities.
  • A 1 hour professional development session for teachers.
  • Recommended teaching resources for follow-up lessons and activities.
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Each of the school programs will run across consecutive weeks with dates to be negotiated across terms 2, 3 and 4 in 2014.

School commitment
  • Between 40 and 50 students with their teachers are to attend the pre-program meeting and three sessions. (The same students are to attend all sessions.) Students can be from grades 5 to 12. 
  • A designated teacher contact and support from the School Principal.
  • Completion by all participating students and staff of short surveys prior to and immediately after the program.
  • Attendance by at least 4 teachers at the professional development session.
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Application process
Complete an Expression of Interest (attached or download from our website) and email it to admin@afairerworld.org by 19 December 2013.

For enquiries contact Gini Ennals (6220 3462) or Helen Hortle (6223 1025). More information about the project including a short video can be found on our Living in Between web page.