21 March, 2019

“Everyone Belongs” – Harmony Week 2019

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Harmony Day celebrations in Australia.

So, what is Harmony Day you ask?

This year Harmony Day has been extended to cover a entire week from 17-23 March 2019. This week includes the 21st of March, which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Week recognises and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about understanding and encouraging inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone that calls Australia home.

Schools across Australia will be recognising Harmony Day with activities and events that highlight and celebrate our diversity. Celebrations may include the colour orange, chosen to represent Harmony Week because it signifies communication, meaningful conversations, freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

You too can join in the celebrations at home.

You could try:

  • Wearing something orange to work or school to show your support.

  • Cooking a meal or dessert that originates from another country. You could try Sushi (Japan), Briyani (India), Horiatiki (Greece), Milk Tart (South Africa) or Irish Stew (Ireland).

  • Reading stories about different cultures or traditional tales from different countries.  

  • Watching a documentary or reading about the traditional Indigenous custodians of the land where you live, or where your school is built.

  • Learning how to say “Hello, how are you?” in a different language.

  • Learning to write your name is a different script.  

  • Asking your parents or grandparents about your family’s heritage.

At Learn Primary we love being part of such a wonderfully multicultural country that includes people with a number of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds…together we can all call ourselves Australians, let’s celebrate this!

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