Harmony Day and Diversity Week

Monday, 27 March 2017
By Renee Kobelt
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Continue celebrating diversity all year long.

Here's some ideas.

Last week was Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day - what a great opportunity to celebrate all the cultures that make up our wonderful school communities! But just because it's over, doesn't mean that we have permission to stop teaching about diversity and cultural inclusion. Everybody belongs all year long, not just on Harmony Day.

At International Needs Australia, we believe the best way to foster includion and create harmony is to educate children about the world around them. Sometimes that looks like a celebration and sometimes it involves a closer look at the problems that we face as a global community.

Let's encourage our young Australians to stand together in unity - celebrating our differences, joining together to understand where we all come from, and looking to solve the problems we all face as equal-value humans. 

Most likely, you have students in your classroom who have lived in other countries, even some who come from a 'developing country' background. Why not ask them to share some stories? Better understanding can often start with sharing stories!

If you are looking for some more ideas on how to celebrate and how to grow understanding about other places and cultures, see below!
#harmonyday2017 #jointogether #standup4humanrights 

Read a book or watch a video!

Our Just Like Me resources are a great introduction for students P-6 to see how children live in developing countries. Also see our book list for other relevant books teaching children about other cultures and places.

Explore the world!

One Globe Kids is a fantastic introductory resource available online or by app, with investigations into 8 countries around the world, from The Netherlands to Haiti.
There are lots of class suitable activities www.oneglobekids.com

Just One Day - a day long challenge.

What better way for students to learn about global need than to live simply for a day and raise money for children who don't get to go to school in developing countries.


Teach and play some games from around the world.

Here's some simple game ideas from countries around the world thanks to beafunmum.com

We also have step by step instructions on how to make your own plastic bag ball. (Bonus: this also helps your students understand recycling and sustainability!)
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