Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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In a world first, one Australian school will form a unique partnership with a Ugandan refugee school, courtesy of a partnership between Australia for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency’s charity in Australia, and Skype. Called Here & There, the collaborative program will enable Years 7 and 8 students in both countries to learn about each other’s lives as part of their geography studies. Secondary schools across Australia can apply by explaining why their Year 7 and 8 students would like to share stories about their lives with students from Nakivale Refugee Settlement. The school selected will then work with the school in Nakivale on a multimedia project designed to help students understand differences and similarities in childhood as experienced in their respective countries by interviewing one another on a supervised Skype video call in September. Here & There is aimed at raising awareness of issues facing refugees and has been designed to dovetail with the Australian geography curriculum. Interested schools can apply online by 20 August. Schools are encouraged to exercise creativity in their application through innovative use of multimedia, using either video or images, and can change and add to their application before the deadline.