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ECSC’s Inclusion Conference, October 2015

Watch videos of ECSC’s Inclusion Conference – Celebrating Diversity: Keys to Inclusive Practice, held in October 2015.

 
Welcome to Country, Deborah Lennis, Community Development Officer  
Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Emma Pierce, Early Childhood Intervention Australia
Frank Hytten, CEO, SNAICC Nisrine El-Choueifati, Early Childhood Links Manager, SDN
Dr Katey De Gioia, Institute of Early Childhood, MQU Linda Burney MP, Member for Canterbury, Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Kim Raffler, Senior Inclusion Support Facilitator, Include Me Mary Shalhoub, Former Director, Bankstown Handicapped Children’s Centre
Luisa Helwani, Miranda North OOSH Care & Laugh & Learn ELC Sallieanne Hancock, Co-ordinator, Bankstown Family Day Care
Rosemary Franks, Director, Caterpillar House Occasional Care Centre Rosemary Signorelli, Early Childhood Counsellor/Project Officer, STARTTS
Vivi Germanos Koutsounadis, Executive Director, ECSC Matthew Doyle, Wuruniri Music & Dance
 
Luba Torban, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator, Goodstart Early Learning  

Bicultural Support showcases their work in Out Of School Hours Care at Wagga PCYC Vacation Care

Bicultural Support features on WIN News Riverina, showcasing how Bicultural Support works in Out Of School Hours Care (Vacation Care) settings. Well done Bicultural Support! View video here.

Celebrating 35 Years of ECSC

The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, speaks at the 35th Anniversary celebration of ECSC

The National Children’s Commissioner on children in immigration detention

The National Children’s Commissioner on Australia’s international obligations relating to children

The National Children’s Commissioner on asylum seeking children

The National Children’s Commissioner on responding to Australian law and policies affecting children and youth

GroovABILITY Festival

The Bilingualism Conference

  • SBS TV World News story (YouTube aired 14 June 2012)

australian-mosaicAustralian Mosaic Newsletter

One of the best editions of FECCA’s Australian Mosaic: “We Came Here for Our Children”, A Vision for Culturally Competent Practice in Children’’s Services.

This newsletter is a MUST READ, dedicated to promoting multicultural and culturally competent Children’s Services…especially the article on page 24, which features our very own Bicultural Support.

  • We Came Here For Our Children – A Vision for Culturally Competent Practice In Children’s Services – Autumn 2015 Edition (pp 24-27) | PDF download

Meeting with the Australian Human Rights Commission

Towards the end of last year, we attended the release of “RightsEd”, a new series of resources designed by the Australian Human Rights Commission “to help students gain a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and to develop the attitudes, behaviours and skills to apply human rights in everyday life.” These resources focus on the areas of race and disability and are directly linked to the national curriculum in subjects such as History, Geography and Health and Physical Education. We were thrilled by the new resources and got to thinking that perhaps we could create something similar for early childhood teachers and students.

Last Friday we took the first step towards doing just that when Meni and Ashley from the Bicultural Support team met with Megan Mitchell (the National Children’s Commissioner) and several of her colleagues at the Commission. Megan even tweeted about our meeting! You can see it here: https://twitter.com/meganm4kids

ECSC is very excited to collaborate with the Commission and looks forward to many more meetings with them.

ECSC in the News

As part of 2013 Mental Health Week, our very own Wanda Annese of the Eastern Suburbs Multicultural Access Project organised an information session on sleep at the Maroubra Seniors Centre. For all you Italian speakers  out there, you can read all about it in an article published by Italian newspaper, La Fiama…..

The Bilingualism Conference, Growing Up Bilingual In Australia: An Investment – was featured in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, 29 April 2012. A great story! And a great introduction to our Conference…

Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis named People of Australia Ambassador by the Multicultural Council of Australia

Our new People of Australia Ambassador: Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis!!! On the 17th of January the founder of ECSC, Vivi Germanos-Koutsounadis, was named People of Australia Ambassador by the Multicultural Council of Australia. Vivi was nominated by The Hon. Tanya Plibersek for her outstanding contributions towards supporting multiculturalism. This is a fantastic achievement and stands as yet another testament to Vivi’s tireless passion for social justice and hard work in the community sector. Congratulations Vivi!

Click on the following links to view the news on external websites:

http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/honour-for-multiculturalism-campaigner/
http://www.airwa.org/event.php/view/id/177/title/congratulations-all-40-people-of-australia-ambassadors

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