A Fairer World (formally Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning)

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A Fairer World was established in 1985 to raise awareness of social issues and assist Tasmanians to create positive social change. A Fairer World focuses on supporting teachers to implement key areas of the national and state curriculum related to responsible citizenship, sustainability, values and global perspectives through the provision of innovative education programs, access to information, resources, professional development and mentoring. The Let’s Get Together: Diversity Education Program provided opportunities for young Tasmanians of diverse abilities, backgrounds and lifestyles who had been the target of discrimination with the opportunity to train as youth presenters to improve their self-confidence, communication and leadership skills and to enabled them to find their “voice”. In turn these young people will act as role models and mentors for other young Tasmanians who are the target of bullying and discrimination.

The program also provided an opportunity for 50 Tasmanian students to participate in workshops and to have personal contact that increased their knowledge and appreciation of a greater diversity of people and reduced their likelihood of discriminating against or bullying others. Following on from the successful pilot project, the Let’s Get Together program is now being implemented at Rose Bay High School with all Grade 7 classes (180 students and 12 teachers).

Through the program A Fairer World was able to develop an evidence-based, best practice resource for all Tasmanian schools and teachers that will contribute to reducing discrimination and bullying. They were also able to develop a human books for schools activity that has also been positively received by schools and participants.