Manager, Migrant Resource Centre, Townsville
Community Education About Race Relations is a Good
Townsville being a regional city in the north Queensland in comparison
with Brisbane and far north Queensland has experienced less incidents
of racial vilification in recent time. This became evident after
recent waves of racial vilification incidents and harassment
of ethnic minorities immediately after the September 11 Terrorism
attack. Working closely with the police and ethnic communities
I was constantly in contact with local ethic communities with
vigilance. While in other parts of Queensland unfortunate incidents
against ethnic minorities took place, Townsville region remained
incident free. This paper deals with the reasons for this outcome.
From the point of view of the MRC, seven years of investment
in community education through various projects has paid back
and what we observe today is direct and indirect result of effective
community education projects and activities with the aim of enhancement
of race relations and community cohesion. In this paper a number
of key and important community education projects will be presented
and in terms of their effects within community analysed. Issues
of resourcing, politics of multiculturalism and its double standard,
and future potential of such projects will be discussed.
1- Final stages of Doctoral thesis in Education, Jams Cook University.
2- Master of Educational Studies. Monash University, 1991.
3- Bachelor of Education. Latrobe University, Melbourne, 1987.
4- Postgraduate Research in Ceramic Designs. Lucknow University,
5- Bachelor of Fine Arts. Lucknow University, India. 1977 - 82
Professional experience and employment history.
1- Manager of Migrant Resource Centre. Since 1995
2- Owner of Farvardin's Frogallery, on going.
3- Developing and delivering Adult Training Courses in cross
4- Event organiser for Townsville region's major annual event
5- Associate Lecturer, School of Education, James Cook University,
1992 - 5.
6- Senior Research Assistant, Department of Education James Cook
University of Queensland. 1991 - 3.
7- Community Field Officer, Devonport, Migrant Resource Centre
in North Tasmania, 1985-86
30 min. Paper