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Learning From One Another

Our teachers are training the leaders of tomorrow. This is a weighty responsibility, one that deserves the respect and support of every Australian. This resource has been developed with that objective in mind. It is a unique educational tool, offering Australian teachers some very practical ideas to ensure the continued engagement of Muslim pupils in […]

  • Eeqbal Hassim and Jennet Cole-Adams
  • 978-0-9805183-0-6
  • National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
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Learning From One Another
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    Our teachers are training the leaders of tomorrow. This is a weighty responsibility, one that deserves the respect and support of every Australian. This resource has been developed with that objective in mind. It is a unique educational tool, offering Australian teachers some very practical ideas to ensure the continued engagement of Muslim pupils in a rich and rewarding educational process. Australian society has gone through significant changes in the last few decades. The ethnic and religious composition of Australia has gained greater diversity, which is at once enriching and a challenge. New cultures and traditions have made Australia a nation that celebrates the rich heritage of its inhabitants — new and old — and fosters mutual respect and understanding. The challenge to any cosmopolitan society, however, is not to lose sight of its core values and principles that are essentially grounded in humanity. Australia has a proud tradition of tolerance, respect for others and the law. Our education system cherishes these values and trains our future leaders to be mindful of the needs of others while remaining committed to the humanist value system that has made Australia a vibrant multicultural society. Tolerance and respect are important values, but a vibrant cosmopolitan society moves beyond them and embraces diversity, allowing for the free flow of ideas and traditions. Embracing diversity breaks the barriers that separate us. Whilst respecting other traditions and cultures is civil and polite, it reinforces the distinctness of cultures. Embracing other cultures, however, opens the door to cultural synthesis. What emerges in this process is something new and exciting that reinforces the quintessential humanity at the heart of all cultures. It is critical to emphasise that embracing diversity and transcending cultural barriers is a two-way process. Our educators play a critical role here, nurturing in future generations the values of mutual respect and learning. By introducing pupils to lesser known cultures and traditions while helping those from minority communities see the shared values that draw us closer, our teachers help shape the future of our society. This resource emphasises the significance of mutual learning and offers unique and unparalleled strategies to foster inclusiveness in the classroom.

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    • Eeqbal Hassim and Jennet Cole-Adams
    • 978-0-9805183-0-6
    • National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
    • 2010
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