Courage to Care: Upstander Education Resources

Courage to Care Upstander resourcesKnowing how to stand up for others impacted by prejudice or discrimination can be challenging, so COOL.org has worked with Courage to Care to create six new lessons across years 9 and 10, Health and Physical Education, that explore how to be an Upstander through personal behaviour and community initiatives.

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Why Muslim women cover their hair with a hijab and the importance of modesty in Islam

Hand-drawn illustrations. Seven women of various ethnicities wearing modest clothing, all with headscarves of different lengths
Muslim women around the world wear different modest garments, each with distinct names and styles.(ABC News: Sharon Gordon)

Muslim women who wear a head covering often feel they represent their entire faith based on first impressions. This is regularly described as both a blessing and a burden.
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Teacher resource: Against Militarism

West Papua nativesThe intent of this teacher resource is to illustrate opportunities in school curricula for engagement with the history and nature of militarism, war and conflict. Where possible specific topics, units, content and outcomes are suggested.

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Friends of the Holy Land Christmas Song – ‘Hear Angels Cry’.

Friends of the Holy Land Christmas Song – ‘Hear Angels Cry’.

In a departure from the traditional festive decorations and Christmas tree lighting, the Bethlehem Municipality has chosen to cancel Christmas festivities due to thousands killed and in a prayer for peace. Amidst the rubble and ruins, a poignant voice rises to declare that the light of hope will persist in the small West Bank town where the Christmas story unfolded.

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2024 Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

2024 Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the DragonThe Year of the Dragon brings luck, wealth and power. Come on a journey with SBS Learn as we explore how Lunar New Year is celebrated, watch short videos from SBS programs, find words, colour in, and so much more! A teacher resource is available.
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Judaism: How to Talk to Your Children about Israel and Terrorism – A Toolbox

Parenting children in time of warDuring this time of tragedy and mourning, it can be difficult to speak to children about what is happening. Depending on their age, they may be hearing or seeing frightening things on the news, at home, at school, or online. Children often find out news on their smart-phones, before parents know. As caregivers, it is important to both shield our children from trauma while providing skills to cope with fear and anxiety.

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Celebrate Diwali

Deepam lightsDiwali is the Festival of Lights observed by several religions: Hindu, Sikh, Jain and some Buddhist countries. Diwali (or Deepavali) is on 12 November in 2023. SBS Learn provides resources for schools to celebrate the Festival of Lights and develop a greater understanding about the countries and cultures who celebrate this wonderful occasion! With step-by-step video instructions available in 7 languages other than English including Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Bangla, and Nepali.


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A framework for world peace: Program builds kids’ intercultural and interfaith understanding

intercultural and interfaith understanding

Together for Humanity recently held its inaugural Victorian Youth Summit at the University of Melbourne, with students from 15 schools from across Victoria’s Government, Catholic and Independent sectors attending.

While the summit was the first to be held in Victoria, five summits have taken place in NSW since 2016 and another NSW-based summit is scheduled for Thursday 19 October 2023 at Parliament of NSW and St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney.

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Dust Echoes – Indigenous Storytelling

Dust Echoes - Indigenous Storytelling

In Australian Aboriginal culture, life is based on a foundation of beliefs which are called the Dreamtime, or The Dreaming. This is a complex set of ideas with deep levels of meanings. The Dreamtime has four parts: The beginning of everything; the life and power of the ancestors; the way of life and death; and power in life. Dreamtime was all four of these things at the same time because it is more powerful than time and space. In it all things exist at once. The Aboriginal peoples call Dreamtime the all-at-once time because they think it is the past, present, and future at the same time. It is a beginning that has no end.

They meet The Dreamtime by doing special dances and singing special songs. Aboriginals believe that people have a part of them that will live forever. This part existed before a person was born and will exist after they die. It exists in The Dreamtime.

Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated Dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land. These are stories of love, loyalty, duty to Country, and Aboriginal custom and law. Each chapter is supported by in-depth study guides created by ATOM, addressing the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

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