26 September 2023

Public falling behind national symbols

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The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) has launched a new education website and updated educational resources to strengthen knowledge among the community of Australia’s national symbols.

Welcoming the resource, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Patrick Gorman said they were developed in the first place to engage the public in learning about Australia’s cultural life and Indigenous history.

“The new resources include an interactive educational website, ‘Unlocking Our Stories: Australia’s Symbols’, which hosts student worksheets, interactive games, teacher lesson guides, and at-home parent and caregiver guides,” Mr Gorman said.

“The resources, aimed at school children from years 3-8, also include updated Australian Flags and Australian Symbols booklets and eight educational posters,” he said.

“Young Australians will shape the future of our nation, and these resources are designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of our unique identity.”

Mr Gorman said the interactive website was designed to engage children’s problem solving skills and to deepen their knowledge on the national symbols.

“Our national symbols are a reflection of our diverse history and represent what is unique about our country, people and culture,” the Assistant Minister said.

“All Australians, particularly our youth, should know about our anthem, flags, colours, flora and gemstone.”

He said the materials also reflected the recent change to the National Anthem.

PM&C’s Unlocking Our Stories: Australia’s Symbols website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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