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Become a leader in intercultural capability

2016 AEF Summer School

Places are fully booked and registrations have now closed

In today's increasingly connected world, navigating different cultural contexts has become an essential life skill for young Australians. More than ever, students, teachers and school leaders are exposed to local and global news events that challenge their notions of culture, cultural difference and respect for diversity.

Attending the inaugural 2016 AEF Summer School will provide you with a toolkit to lead the development of intercultural capability in your school and address the requirements of the Australian Curriculum/Victorian Curriculum.

This one-day program is appropriate for primary and secondary school leaders and teachers of all subjects looking to equip their students with the intercultural capability and confidence to navigate a global world. It offers a timely opportunity to engage with expert speakers, undertake field excursions and explore key teaching resources.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma AM, Professor of Sociology at Monash University and UNESCO Chair of Intercultural and Inter-religious relations, Asia Pacific. 
  • Ms Sherene Hassan, First female Vice-President of the Islamic Council of Victoria and Board Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia
  • Dr Shakira Hussein, Fellow at the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
  • Ms Maha Sukkar, Multicultural Liaison Officer at Victoria Police, Transit Safety Division
  • Dr Jessica Walton, Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University
  • Dr Eeqbal Hassim, Academic at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education; expert in intercultural understanding in education
  • Ms Toltu Tufa, Director at Afaan Publications and expert in cross-cultural curricula
  • Rabbi Zalman Kastel, National Director of the Multi-Faith based Together for Humanity Foundation


Primary and Secondary teachers and school leaders


Tuesday 19 January
9.30am – 3.30pm


Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne


  • Early bird rate $295 (Incl. GST)
  • Regular rate $325 (Incl. GST) after 13th November 2015
If your school requires an invoice to pay for this program, please email

You will complete the program better equipped to help students negotiate the increasingly complex world around them and develop strategies to:

  • Teach respect for, and engagement with, different cultures
  • Foster and build community cohesion
  • Encourage students to debate complex cultural topics with confidence
  • Support students in critiquing and challenging information
  • Have those difficult conversations with students about difficult issues

At the 2016 AEF Summer School you will:

  • Discuss the link between intercultural understanding and positive local and global engagement with members of Buddhist, Islamic and Christian communities
  • Explore curriculum resources and support networks available to enhance your learning & teaching strategies
  • Join field trips to places of cultural and faith based importance to develop cultural dexterity

The dynamic and interdisciplinary approach employed will feature interactive sessions with experts and practitioners, with teaching tips and strategies for your classroom.

This Summer School is aligned to the AITSL Professional Learning Standards for Teachers:

Standard 1 - Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3 - Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Standard 4 - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5 - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning

Standard 7 - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

AEF has been running professional development programs for primary and secondary school teachers for over 20 years. The aim of our professional learning program is to ignite teachers’ passion for deeper engagement with Asia and equip young Australians with the intercultural skills to navigate our increasingly connected world.

Refund policy:

If the delegate is unable to attend their scheduled professional learning program please notify us as soon as possible in writing.

Cancellation more than 30 days before the session start date – Full refund, minus a $50 per delegate admin charge.

Cancellation between 30 and 15 days before the session start date – 50% of the course fee will be refunded minus a $50 per delegate admin charge.

Cancellation 14 days or less before the session start date - No refund.

Failure to attend on the day of the session or withdrawal once the course has started is considered a cancellation and no refund will be given.


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