Multicultural learning resources

Multicultural, intercultural and global perspectives

  • Global Education Project - a searchable database of resources about a range of global issues supported by case studies, country profiles and teaching activities.
  • Global Education Project Teaching Strategies - includes advice about teaching and learning strategies, in a number of areas including diversity, intercultural understanding and teaching controversial issues.
  • Multicultural Pavilion - a critical and analytical approach to teaching with a multicultural perspective, including teacher resources, awareness raising activities and strategies to go beyond celebrating diversity.
  • ABC Splash - resources for primary and secondary teachers across the curriculum including collections of resources around theme such as the Immigration Restriction Act and Rights and Freedoms. Search for resources using keywords such as racism, multiculturalism, cultures and traditions.
  • Making Multicultural Australia - resource material and documentation including research, articles, historical videos and interviews about a range of multicultural issues including reconciliation, immigration policies and racism.
  • Immigration Museum - offers a range of excursion activities for students, with teaching resources for all levels from preschool to adult education, exploring the themes of immigration, cultural diversity and Australian identity.

Dealing with conflicts

World, regional and local events or incidents of conflict and calamity can lead to tension in our communities. Where there is anxiety among students and staff due to a conflict, from a local dispute to global terrorism, it is important the issues are acknowledged and handled sensitively and appropriately.

Schools should be places where students and teachers can explore their reactions and consider crisis situations in a stable, safe and caring environment.

Schools are well placed to ensure any underlying racial and religious tensions that may emerge are managed in a way that supports students and staff and provides avenues for students to examine and to come to terms with any feelings of anxiety or conflict they may have.

The harmonious and accepting educational communities in Victoria are the result of a conscious effort to ensure all community members are treated with dignity and respect, while genuinely understanding and valuing diversity. Any form of racial vilification or discrimination will not be tolerated.

Educators and principals are encouraged to maintain classroom and social environments in which students and staff feel safe, respected and valued.

Promoting diversity and eliminating discrimination and racism

  • Racism, No Way! - an anti-racism education program which provides resources and practical strategies for teachers who want to raise awareness or explore issues of discrimination.
  • All together now - a national resource that promotes the benefits of cultural diversity, aims to reduce the incidence of racism and addresses cultural misconceptions in Australia. Resources include an app and short video messages that look at strategies to talk about racism.
  • Anti-hate Campaign - a Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission initiative that encourages standing up against discrimination and racism. Schools are able to access a promotional toolkit which contains badges, publications, stickers and other materials.
  • Racism. It stops with me - promotes a clear understanding of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced. The website provides resources for schools, tips for bystanders, case studies and promotion materials featuring a diverse range of sporting celebrities.
  • ANTaR - stands for Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation. ANTaR is committed to the right of Indigenous peoples to determine their own future with the support of the Australian People.

Human rights education

Human rights cover:

  • 'civil and political rights' – such as rights to life, liberty, free speech, movement, political thought and religious practice, a fair trial, privacy, to found a family and to vote
  • 'economic, social and cultural rights' – such as rights to adequate food and water, health care, education, a clean environment, to respect for cultural practices, and to welfare assistance
  • humanitarian rights – that is the rights of those who are involved in, or affected by, armed conflict, such as the treatment of prisoners of war, of the wounded or sick or shipwrecked, of civilians, and of women and children in particular
  • various categories of rights as defined by the nature of the holders – such as the rights of workers, women, children, minority groups, refugees, Indigenous peoples, and people with a disability.

For information and resources, see:

Values education

Values Education Kit - provided to all Australian schools in 2006, by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

FRED Games - a collection of digital games that explore the values of Freedom, Respect, Equality and Dignity in a fun and thought-provoking way.It also has resources for Victorian primary school teachers that align human rights games with the local curriculum.

Resources for early childhood professionals

Early childhood professionals should see: VEYLDF Resources for professionals