Students in Australia encouraged to learn about diversity and belonging

Australia’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, has encouraged schools to access the interactive Harmony Day educational resources now available online to teach students about diversity, harmony and belonging.

The Schools section of the Harmony website features a wide variety of free online resources for teachers and students to promote Harmony Day on March 21.

“These resources encourage students to think about their own heritage and the important concepts of diversity, harmony and belonging,” Senator Lundy said. “It's so important that we're giving students these messages in ways that are fun and engaging.”

Using the resources students can design their own multicultural e-cards, research information for assignments and enjoy activities focusing on Australia's cultural and social diversity. The resources will assist teachers with ideas, pre-prepared lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom.

One of the student resources called 'Young Australians Talk', features interactive video footage of culturally diverse young people as they reflect upon their life in Australia.

“For Harmony Day 2013, more than 60 per cent of the events registered will come from schools across Australia,” Senator Lundy said. “I hope these educational materials will further encourage schools to learn about, and celebrate, our multicultural nation.”

For more information about the online schools resources visit Harmony Day website.

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