Talking to kids about racism can be tough and these conversations will be different for every family.
We wanted to take the opportunity this Sir Doug Nicholls Round to point parents and teachers to some resources developed by our friends at Cool Australia.
The Sydney Swans and Cool Australia have previously worked together to deliver Volkswagen Footy Fit, a health and wellbeing program for primary school students.
In September 2019, Cool Australia launched The Final Quarter Education Resources, which include 52 curriculum-aligned lessons for young people in years 5-12.
The resources – created in partnership with Shark Island Production – are based on the powerful Australian documentary which focuses on the final years of the career of Bloods Legend Adam Goodes.
The education package is aimed at supporting parents and teachers to investigate themes of racism, privilege, truth-telling, cultural pride, resilience, values, and dignity.
More than 5000 Australian teachers have already accessed these resources, helping students learn about the importance of rejecting racism in all its forms and about taking responsibility for their words, actions, and attitudes towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Cool Australia’s The Final Quarter Education Resources were designed in consultation with experts in human rights, reconciliation, and psychology to promote educational safety and cultural awareness.
The resources can be accessed for free via the Cool Australia website: https://www.coolaustralia.org/the-final-quarter-curriculum-resources/