Friday, 14 February 2014

National Close the Gap Program

Contact: Annalise De Mel , Oxfam Australia
p: (03) 9289 9390   e: annalisedm@oxfam.org.au   w: www.oxfam.org.au/closethegapday

Location: Statewide

Intended Audience: All teachers

New teacher resources available for National Close the Gap Day 2014

National Close the Gap Day is being held on Thursday 20 March 2014. It's Australia's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign, and a great way for schools to tackle the Australian Curriculum cross-cutting priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

With more than 95,000 students and teachers involved last year, 2013's National Close the Gap Day was the most successful so far and the Close the Gap campaign the biggest Indigenous health campaign in Australia's history. So the support of teachers like your members is vital!

The educational resources can also be used in conjunction with other resources on Harmony Day, NAIDOC week and Reconciliation Week. Activities can fit into pre-existing learning programs or can be used in an extra-curricular context.

Register your school for National Close the Gap Day 2014

National Close the Gap Day is being held on Thursday 20 March 2014. It's Australia's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign, and a great way for schools to tackle the Australian Curriculum cross-cutting priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Register online now to receive a free resource pack from Oxfam to help your students learn about the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians, and create and participate in events that are all about student-led action and community engagement. Multiple campuses should register multiple events.  Information for schools about registering.

Watch Upwey High School's experience

The free resource pack includes a selection of Australian Curriculum-aligned student kits, action guides, event activity guides, DVD, classroom materials, personal stories, videos, posters, stickers, and more. Activities can involve a class group, year level or the whole school. Speakers from Oxfam are also available to speak to students at your school, on request. Resources can also be accessed online.

Our resources are easy to use and inspire creative ways to generate action and discussion – from sport to art, music to debate. Supporting materials and stories balance the issues of health inequality with solutions. The resources also take into account the spectrum of students who have different knowledge and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Schools can also use the resources for Harmony Day, NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week.

While there have been some significant declines in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant and child mortality rates, we still have a long way to go. So the support of schools like yours is vital.

Join the 181,000 students and teachers from 844 schools nationally who have participated in the past three years. Register today at: www.oxfam.org.au/closethegapday

Teachers and principals have reported positive impacts of running NCTGD activities, observing students develop a greater understanding of wellbeing, social justice and equity, as well as developing values and attitudes such as empathy, connectedness and responsibility.

Don't just take our word for it! This is what past participants said about the day…

"It was an engaging event for the whole school – a great learning experience for the students."
"The students took on every task enthusiastically... They really took control with organising the activities."
"The DVD was great – it featured real people, real stories, compelling data and positive initiatives."