LIVING IN BETWEEN
Students Against Racism is a great example of how young people can empower themselves as well as educate their community about the impacts of racism.
The group was established in 2008 to give a voice to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students who had arrived in Australia as refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. This group of students, with the help of EAL teacher Gini Ennals, created Students Against Racism and developed the presentation/workshop series that we call Living in Between.
Over the past 11 years over 320 young people from countries such as Sudan, Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Bhutan, Burma, Ethiopia, Egypt, China, Thailand, Iran, Pakistan, India, Chile, Poland, Italy, Vietnam, Uganda, Burundi, Kuwait and Timor, have joined the SAR group and trained as presenters. Over 13 200 people in Tasmania and interstate have attended one of the SAR activities. The group has investigated anti-racism programs from around the world and incorporated the “Racism It Stops With Me” campaign into their program and developed a number of activities that allow the students and audience to explore together the forms and consequences of racism, and how it can be addressed. Some of these activities are:
A Living in Between presentation suitable for a workplace/or professional conferences. This is typically a 60 minute interactive presentation which can be adapted to suit the time available
A Living in Between workshop which is a six hour course suitable for primary and secondary students
A short course for tertiary classes and community groups
A two hour professional learning workshop for teachers, community development workers and other service providers
Speakers who can talk at meetings, assemblies and events about the impact of racism and solutions for our community