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Intercultural understanding and the Australian Curriculum


In the Australian Curriculum, students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. This involves students in learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect. Intercultural understanding is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the 21st century. It assists young people to become responsible local and global citizens, equipped through their education for living and working together in an interconnected world.
The Intercultural understanding general capability is organised into three interrelated organising elements:

The Intercultural understanding toolkit supports how to improve capacity for intercultural understanding, how it is addressed across all learning areas and examples of activities that can be used in schools.


Illustrations of practice

Video of Joshua, a student from the Ballarat South Community Learning Precinct, talking about his India homestay.

Video about Gaethan Cutri, who exports fruit to China, talking about the importance of developing Asia capabilities. 


As you watch the videos consider:

  • What kinds of knowledge and skills did the student, teachers and community members develop through their experiences?
  • Which learning opportunities are currently provided in your school to support students to build intercultural understanding?

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