The 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.
Continue reading “Teacher resource: Against Militarism”
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.
Continue reading “Friends of the Holy Land Christmas Song – ‘Hear Angels Cry’.”
The 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.
Continue reading “2024 Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon”
During 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.
Continue reading “Judaism: How to Talk to Your Children about Israel and Terrorism – A Toolbox”
Diwali 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.
Continue reading “Celebrate Diwali”
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.
Continue reading “A framework for world peace: Program builds kids’ intercultural and interfaith understanding”
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.
Continue reading “Dust Echoes – Indigenous Storytelling”
Hajj is a spiritual, emotional and physical challenge that tests the patience and temperament of the pilgrim.
It occurs in Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, between the eighth and 13th days of the month.
This year, Hajj is taking place between June 26 and July 1. Here is a step-by-step guide to the rituals on each day.
Continue reading “The Hajj – Explained”
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.
Continue reading “How Religion Shapes Cultures, Values, and Social Structures in Different Societies”
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.
Continue reading “SBS Teacher Resource: Observing Ramadan”