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4th July 2003 at 01:00
There are many sources of information and materials to help teachers develop respect and understanding for cultural diversity and to challenge discrimination and injustice. Among these are the major aid charities: they provide informative websites and produce resources on global perspectives and development.


Members of this umbrella body for England provide a wide range of services.

There are classroom resources and website materials, in-service materials and North-South linking, and a network of more than 40 local resource centres for teachers. The website has an A-Z listing of members and a regional map showing development education centres and black and ethnic-minority organisations working in development education.


A pack for children aged seven to 11, Rooted: Journeys of Roots and Religion Around the World, is suitable for RE, Citizenship and PSHE. It explores the six main world religions through the eyes of six children living in London who return to the lands of their forebears. There is a video, six posters, a teachers' book and an accompanying website. Or contact Daniel Sinclair on 020 7523 2237; email:


Iraq: War and Peace is a free pack designed to get young people thinking about issues around war and peace. It includes tips for teachers on dealing with sensitive issues.

Tel: 0870 333 2700; email:; or download from planetindex.htm


An edition of this educational news series takes as its theme Immigration: Refugees Welcome Here? and explores how the issue of immigration has become confused with arguments about refugees, asylum seekers and terrorism. For eight to 14-year-olds. express Email:


An interactive website offers a different perspective on refugees, based on photographs of young Palestinians living in camps. Get Global!

A new education project from five of the major aid charities offers a skills-based approach to active global citizenship for key stages 3 and 4.


Get Global! is available in PDF format on: (click on schools and youth) CULTURAL CO-OPERATION

This charity has a three-year education programme that prepares artists to lead workshops and residences exploring cultural heritage around the world.

It also organises INSET for teachers and Music Village, a biennial festival of world cultures (next one: summer 2004). Email:


The group runs workshops to promote cultural respect through global music, plus innovative arts projects (for instance Kick and Drum, combining football, arts and anti-racist work) and has an information service.

Contact co-ordinator Tom Andrews at


Imaginative cultural exchange projects and links with countries including Ghana, South Africa and Uganda.

Contact Tom Miles on 020 7691 1818 or


There is an Anne Frank exhibition (for a list of venues and dates, go to the website), and resources include Moral Courage - Who's Got It?, a primarysecondary teachers' pack and video supported by the DfES; and the Anne Frank Declaration - Guidelines for Teaching Human Rights, Citizenship and Democracy, a pack for secondary teachers.


A handbook called Complementing Teachers - a Practical Guide to Promoting Race Equality includes lesson plans and a list of resources.

Institute of Race Relations A CD-ROM called Homebeats is a history of black communities in the UK over the past 500 years.



This journal is published three times a year. Email:

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Respect for all: Valuing Diversity and Challenging Racism Through the Curriculum suggests lesson approaches to incorporate mutual understanding and positive action. PFP PUBLISHING

Assemblies for sensitive issues from the Primary Assembly File costs pound;25 from

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES A free British Council resource for schools and colleges seeking international links. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Each teaching unit contains elements on international understanding.

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