National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Joy De Leo
Manager Countering Racism and Unity in Diversity, Department of Education Training and Employment

Building Unity in Diversity by integrating universal values into the curriculum: the South Australian experience.

For the past two years, the SA department of Education Training and Employment has been conducting a Unity in Diversity Project for Building a Culture a Peace through school and community-based activities which actively counter racism and celebrate cultural diversity. This year is the UN International Year for a Culture of Peace and 2001is the beginning of the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non violence for the Children of the World and also the International Year for Mobilisation Against Racism.

The presenter will talk about the new SA Curriculum Framework from Birth to year 12 which integrates universal values across all Learning Areas by means of the 5 Essential Learnings:

    • Futures
    • Identities
    • Interdependence
    • Thinking
    • Communication

The Essential Learnings emphasise both the values of acceptance, understanding and celebration of diversity, as well as those shared universal values which unite us as interdependent members of the human family and enable us to live and work together in peace and harmony. The Unity in Diversity Project is working closely with the UNESCO Associated Schools Project, connecting with schools throughout the Asia Pacific Region, and also with the UNESCO-APNIEVE, the Asia Pacific network for International and Values Education.

APNIEVE has produced a teacher sourcebook entitled, Learning to Live Together in Peace and Harmony and is currently developing the second Sourcebook, Learning: The Treasure Within.
As part o the International Year in 2001, the Unity in Diversity Project will support teachers developing units of work which integrate multicultural diversity, culturally inclusive education and countering racism throughout the curriculum, through values education for living together in peace.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Papers & Workshops