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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How Religion Shapes Cultures, Values, and Social Structures in Different Societies

How Religion Shapes Cultures, Values, and Social Structures in Different Societies

Religion has been an integral part of human civilization for centuries, playing a significant role in shaping cultures, values, and social structures across different societies. It provides individuals with a framework for understanding the world, defining their beliefs, and influencing their behavior. In this article, we will explore the ways in which religion shapes various aspects of society and examine case studies from different religious traditions.

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SBS Teacher Resource: Observing Ramadan

SBS Teacher Resource: Observing Ramadan

This resource is based on a published SBS article around observing Ramadan. Classrooms can learn about the many cultural observations around this event and how it is celebrated in Australia and throughout the world. We hear from some of our SBS Language editors and producers as they reflect on their own countries’ customs, many of which are continued here in Australia.

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Launch of Special Religious Instruction Book

Launch of Special Religious Instruction BoA new, ground-breaking report will be published dealing with the importance of Special Religious Education/Instruction, known colloquially as scripture classes. The report presents five important values that will bring integration and less bullying in schools.
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Is the cheery praise for mindfulness based on expert evidence?

mindfulness in schools

Educators, desperate to offset the mental health impacts of COVID on students, are taking up mindfulness programs to address the wellbeing needs of students. But is the cheery praise for mindfulness based on expert evidence?

It’s becoming a staple within Australian education – from preschool to universities. The Smiling Mind Primary School Program, for example, has been rolled out to 445 schools across NSW, including 13 specialist schools, and is gaining increased direct funding support from government.

Many in education – including educators, school leaders and policy-makers – have welcomed mindfulness and are excited about what mindfulness may hold for education. But is enthusiasm for mindfulness outpacing the evidence in its favour? Do applications of mindfulness in education retain an overly narrow account of what mindfulness is? If we are using mindfulness with young people, what is it best used for?

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