New national resource to educate students about diversity Thu 9 August 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Tasmanians teachers now have access to a new national resource to teach students about diversity. The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, said today that the Difference Differently resource was developed with an Australian Government grant of more than $1 million to the non-profit organisation, the Together for Humanity Foundation. Mr McKim launched the Tasmanian roll-out of Difference Differently at a professional learning workshop today. "We are all different and we need to understand the rich tapestry that is the Tasmanian community. "If we can teach young Tasmanians about diversity and the need to respect differences in others, our community will be better off. "This resource will be used by students in Years 3-10 and is aligned with the Australian Curriculum under the History, Geography, English and Civics and Citizenship modules. "Through the use of videos, online forums, quizzes and interactive learning activities, it's a fun yet powerful way of engaging students to learn about diversity and intercultural understanding." Mr McKim said that Difference Differently was complemented by a teacher resource that offers a short online professional learning program for teachers in Intercultural Understanding in Education. "The Difference Differently resource includes the opportunity for teachers to access online learning and supports them to develop appropriate levels of professional knowledge, practice and engagement," he said. "Tasmania signed the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians in December 2008, which sets out the aims of Australian governments to ensure all young Australians are active and informed citizens, who appreciate Australia's social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. "These values are also strongly embedded in the Australian Curriculum. "English, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenships all offer ways of delivering diversity to students under the Australian Curriculum. "This is a great new resource and I'm sure that teachers will take this fantastic opportunity to develop their own knowledge about diversity and help make a positive difference in the lives of their students and school communities."