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Home > News > 2016 > July > Queensland unions supporting Toowoomba schools to promote cultural diversity

Queensland unions supporting Toowoomba schools to promote cultural diversity

Walk_Together_Toowoomba_-_Holy_Name_School.JPGA new initiative, supported by our union and affiliates of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU), is bringing together school students across the Toowoomba region in an effort to promote racial tolerance and harmony in their community.

The Walk Together Toowoomba YouTube Series initiative, also supported by the Multicultural Development Association (MDA), brings together performer Josh Arnold (under his moniker Small Town Culture) with students from across Toowoomba to celebrate cultural diversity and acceptance in their schools.

Speaking at the launch of the latest episode (Episode 3) “Aussie Kids” at Holy Name Primary School in Toowoomba this morning, IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke commended the initiative and its importance in educating students and the wider community around the values of acceptance and understanding.

“Toowoomba is home to a significant number of refugees and it is wonderful to see local students and unions showing their support for the need to embrace all the cultures that make up their community.

In Episode 2 from the series, Year 5 and 6 students from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Newtown have collaborated with Small Town Culture to create "Doors of Mercy", which coincides with this year’s Catholic Education Week theme “Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy".

“This episode’s theme of mercy is especially apt as we celebrate Catholic Education Week.

“It is a timely reminder to our school communities across the state and the country of the critical role education plays in promoting cultural diversity and acceptance.

“Our union whole-heartedly supports this initiative and we look forward to helping take the project and its message across the rest of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

All three episodes in the series can be viewed via Small Town Culture’s YouTube page including Episode 1: "Corridors to Freedom" featuring students from Harristown State School.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.