How can I help my students to develop empathy and tolerance and create an open dialogue with those who have opposing values?
How do we address a difference in values when the home values clash with our school and Australian values?
How do we support schools to build cohesive communities?
Promoting social cohesion
The Global Learning Centre equips teachers to build upon what they already do to:
assist their students to develop skills to evaluate and discuss potentially controversial issues within the Australian Curriculum in ways that promote critical analysis (especially of the media), pro-social values and human rights
build resilience to extremist narratives through the discussion of issues important to young people framed in democratic dialogue
sensitively and constructively explore notions of identity and challenge misinformed views and perceptions
identify opportunities within the Australian curriculum for their students to understand the contributions of various civilisations to the construction of knowledge utilised in the modern world
provide opportunities for their students to engage with people from different faiths, cultures and social backgrounds to promote common values whilst recognising diversity
assist their students to engage with their communities through participation in school and community initiatives.
Global citizenship education: Why now?
In recent times the Global Learning Centre has identified an intensifying concern for how to address conflicting values and belief systems in the classroom. Global Citizenship Education is an approach which can support teachers to confidently engage students with competing beliefs, cultural practices and values. Global citizenship education can motivate and engage students in critical and creative ways, providing them with the knowledge, skills and confidence they will need to become active and responsible citizens of a socially cohesive society.