The launch event for ‘Our Stories’ features the stories of four refugees building a new life in Australia. Alpha, Shabnam, David and Aya each arrived in Australia at a different time and from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds – will occur at the LaunchPad Hub, Richmond on the evening of 11 December.
Through the website, users are encouraged to step into the shoes of a refugee as they start a new life in Australia and face a series of difficult scenarios encountered by that refugee.
In partnership with Cool Australia we have developed teacher resources for Years 8 and 9, which guide students through a series of scenarios based on the experiences of our storytellers. We hope these lessons will inspire young Australians to consider their attitudes towards refugees and take positive action to foster respect among their peers and create a more inclusive and tolerant multicultural society.
Visit the ‘Our Stories’ website here: https://www.ourstories.com.au.
Activity: Our Stories – Challenges for Refugees Settling in Australia – Years 8 & 9
Activity Introduction: In this lesson, students are guided through a range of scripted scenarios that will help them understand the difficult decisions refugees and asylum seekers face after arriving in Australia. This lesson safely guides students and teachers through this challenging topic by shining a light on the fact that the challenges of being a refugee don’t end on the first day after arriving in Australia.
Our Stories – Empathy and Education Leading to Action LogoThese lessons have been created in partnership with Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World to be used alongside their Our Stories project.
Students will reflect on, and empathise with, the lived experiences of refugees who are building a new life in Australia
Students will consider their attitude towards newly arrived refugees
Students will understand why it is important to treat refugees with compassion, respect and kindness, so that we can celebrate our multicultural society and share values of inclusivity and tolerance
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 8 Civics and Citizenship
- Citizenship, diversity and identity: How national identity can shape a sense of belonging in Australia’s multicultural society (ACHCK067)
- Different perspectives about Australia’s national identity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and what it means to be Australian (ACHCK066)
- Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Critically analyse information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS070)
- Problem solving and decision-making: Appreciate multiple perspectives and use strategies to mediate differences (ACHCS071)
- Communication and reflection: Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australia’s democracy (ACHCS074)
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship
- How ideas about and experiences of Australian identity are influenced by global connectedness and mobility (ACHCK081)
- Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Critically evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS084)
- Problem solving and decision-making: Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086)
- Communication and reflection: Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australian, regional and global contexts (ACHCS089)
General capabilities: Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.
Relevant parts of the Year 8 achievement standards: Students identify the diverse belief systems in Australia and analyse issues about national identity and the factors that contribute to people’s sense of belonging. They explain different points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives, use democratic processes, and develop solutions to an issue. Students develop and present reasoned arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They identify ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.
Relevant parts of the Year 9 achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. When planning for action, students take into account multiple perspectives, use democratic processes, and negotiate solutions to an issue. Students develop and present evidence-based arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.
Topic: Social issues
Unit of work: Our Stories – Building a new life in Australia – Years 8 & 9
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teacher reads a range of scripted scenarios and facilitates class discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student (optional). This Teacher Worksheet or the Our Stories Situation Script – one teacher copy. Equipment to project an online clip for the whole class to watch. A stopwatch, timer app or whiteboard countdown.
Keywords: human rights, social action, community, asylum seeking, refugee, migrant, immigrant, emigrant, persecution, citizenship, statelessness.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.