The Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, today launched new and interactive Harmony Day educational resources to teach children about diversity, harmony and belonging.
The new Schools section of the Harmony website was launch at Blacktown South Public School and a lucky group of pupils were among the first in Australia to try out the new online resources.
“I am very excited about the new resources which will feature a range of innovative, creative and interactive products,” Senator Lundy said.
“Students will be able to design their own multicultural ecards, research information for assignments and have access to many more activities focusing on Australia’s cultural and social diversity.
“Teachers will also have access to lesson ideas, pre-prepared lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom.
Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, encouraged local schools to take advantage of the online resources available for teachers and students.
“Our local schools have a unique opportunity to take the lead in promoting the importance of community harmony to young people,” said Mr Husic.
“These resources encourage students to think about their own heritage and the important concepts of diversity, harmony and belonging – it’s what Harmony Day is all about.
“It’s so important that we’re giving students these messages in ways that are fun and engaging.”
The announcement of the new education resources coincides with the official Harmony Day launch, which will take place tomorrow at the Sydney City Fire Station.
Harmony Day, on 21 March, celebrates the cohesive and inclusive nature of our nation and promotes a tolerant and culturally diverse society.
“For Harmony Day 2010, almost 65 per cent of events registered came from schools across Australia,” Senator Lundy said.
“My hope for Harmony Day 2011 is that these educational materials will further encourage schools to learn about, and celebrate, our multicultural nation.”
For more information about the new online resources see: www.harmony.gov.au
* Joint media release with Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy