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Harmony Day – A time for reflection

As we approach Harmony Day this year, we join the rest of the world in condemning the far-right extremist terrorist attack against the people of New Zealand.

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Multicultural matters

The union has continued to pursue enhancements for members in multiple aspects of multicultural education

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#BackTheBill to save lives offshore

​Federation is proud to join with other civil society organisations to sign the statement below. We encourage all Members of Parliament to support the forthcoming bill to ensure an adequate medical transfer process is in place for people detained in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

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Study reveals experiences of students from refugee backgrounds

Recommendations for better navigating refugee education, improving educational outcomes for students of refugee backgrounds and enhanced participation of these students and their families in school communities are included in a new report, launched at Federation’s December Council.

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Strong voice for kids

​November Council passed a motion condemning the Morrison Government for refusing to immediately bring refugees and asylum seekers to Australia to access urgently needed medical attention and other services.

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Grant to look at helping refugee students

A Sydney principal aiming to produce best-practice policies to improve the emotional, social and learning needs of refugee students has been awarded Federation’s 2019 Eric Pearson Study Grant.

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Wear ‘Blue for Nauru’ on Tuesday 13 November

Federation is asking all members and school communities to help put pressure on the Morrison Government for all children to be removed from Nauru, by participating in the #BlueForNauru day on Tuesday, 13 November.

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Help get the kids off Nauru

​Federation members are encouraged to participate in community campaign activities in the next week to advance an end to the indefinite mandatory detention of asylum seekers (and in particular children).

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Cards of kindness

Federation was proud to deliver $1400 worth of Opal and gift cards to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown on behalf of members across NSW who collected them following a request from the union.

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Language learning fundamental to social cohesion, Annual Conference hears

Improvements need to be made to language education provision in NSW public schools, Federation’s Multicultural Officer/Organiser Amber Flohm said at Annual Conference earlier this week.

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Wear red on 20 June to support Refugee Week action

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about issues affecting refugees and to celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – Harmony Day

The 21st March takes its rise from the Sharpeville massacre that took place during Apartheid South Africa which occurred on this date in 1960. This saw a military response to a civil rights movement and since that date has been acknowledged as the day that freedom from racial discrimination is maintained as a human right.

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Cultural diversity in schools, anti-racism and EAL/D pedagogy explored during CPL multicultural conference

Confronting ethnic stereotypes and the challenges of teaching in a multicultural society were key concerns put to educators at a Centre for Professional Learning conference in Sydney today.

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