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Defining Asia Literacy
An Asia literate school
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Defining Asia Literacy - what is it?
National Statement on Asia Literacy in Australian Schools
has just been released
This includes three broad areas:
Asia and its diversity
The peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.
Interactions between diverse environments and human activity shape the countries of Asia and its region and have influence globally.
Achievements and contributions of the peoples of Asia
The achievements of the peoples and countries of Asia have contributed and continue to contribute to world history and human endeavour, and their participation is fundamental to the well being and progress of the world.
The arts and literature of Asia have significant influence on the aesthetic and creative pursuits of people and societies in Australia, the region and globally.
For Australians to be good regional and global citizens we need to understand, learn from, and engage and communicate with our Asian neighbours.
Australia is located in the Asia region and our histories from ancient times to the present are linked.
Australians have played and are playing important roles in major events and developments in the Asia region.
Australians of Asian heritage have influenced Australia’s history and continue to influence its dynamic culture and society.
includes Asia as one of its perspectives across the curriculum. (
See an example of it being mapped with the other priorities in a primary school here:
Mapping X curric priorities.pdf
and further details mapping the Organising Ideas here:
Melbourne Declaration for Educational Goals for Young Australians
emphasises the importance of Asia literacy
National Statement for Engaging Young Australians with Asia in Australian Schools
Asia literacy provides our young people with a competitive edge in today’s world and contributes to our national advantage.Young Australians who possess a regional and global mindset and skill-set will be able to build a creative, prosperous and socially cohesive Australia and develop harmonious regional and global communities that can work together to resolve the issues that affect us all.
SO what is a workable definition?
is foundational and deep knowledge, skills and understanding about the
histories, geographies, societies, cultures, literatures and languages
of the diverse countries that make up our part of the world.
has been coined as a term to cover the skills, knowledge and understandings that people need to
live and work effectively in Asia and with people from the Asia region.'
what are Asia skills
and even some on
why we need them
listen and watch some video clips
of Australians talking about how their Asia skills have made a big impression to their lives
and access some great
to help you think about their use with teachers, students or the school community
What does it look like?
A rubric showing what an Asia literate school might look like is widely used and available
Global competencies which include Asia can be found
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