Secondary schools across Australia will today receive a free copy of Arab Gateways, A resource kit for Australian students and teachers. This vibrant, innovative teaching resource is designed to promote greater understanding between Australia and the Arab world.
Australia has diverse, long-standing and positive relations with the countries of the Arab world. Two-way trade with Arab League countries was worth $10.7 billion in 2010. Australia is also home to approximately 400 000 Australians of Arab descent, and tens of thousands of Australians live and work in Arab countries.
The resource kit presents a range of materials to help Australian students understand this historic and strategically vital part of our world. The kit will also foster greater understanding of each other's cultures, values and beliefs.
Arab Gateways includes units exploring the history, geography, cultures, and economies of the region, supported by short films and student activity sheets. It includes an accompanying DVD and a website, www.arabgateways.edu.au.
It is targeted at history, geography, social education and economics teachers and students in years 7–10.
A professional learning program for teachers to support the use of Arab Gateways will be delivered by the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and Environment (AFSSSE) during the second half of 2011 and early 2012. Teachers who attend the professional learning will receive their own copy of the resource.
The Council for Australian-Arab Relations funded the development of Arab Gateways, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.