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:
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.
30 min paper