Secondary school teachers wanting to teach students about modern-day slavery now have a free online resource and follow-up webinar support produced by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.
The Modern Slavery: A Kit for Senior Secondary Students, which can be found on ACRATH’s website acrath.org.au, was first developed with a focus on human trafficking in 2013 by teachers with more than 30 years teaching experience. The kit has been expanded to include modern slavery and updated to support teachers working remotely during the COVID19 pandemic.
ACRATH President, Sr Louise Cleary csb, said many schools around Australia invite ACRATH staff and volunteers to speak to students every year.
“During the pandemic, school visits by ACRATH presenters are no longer possible, but teachers still want to include modern-day slavery and human trafficking in their curriculum,” Sr Louise, a former teacher and principal, said.
“Teachers are being asked to set up new ways of facilitating learning in an unbelievably short space of time. Not all existing curriculum will convert to an online platform easily. ACRATH is thoroughly supportive of teachers and wishes to support them by offering this updated kit, which is well suited to remote learning.”
ACRATH’s Executive Officer Christine Carolan said the kit deals with a major issue of our time.
“The kit offers students and their teachers an opportunity to learn about a real issue that has a hugely detrimental impact on human beings. This issue affects all people, young and old, who buy and consume products. It must not be ignored. Importantly, the kit shows students how they can take action to address the problems they explore,” Ms Carolan said.
“Modern-day slavery is a very powerful issue to raise with students during the pandemic because millions of vulnerable people around the world are at even greater risk of being trafficked and exploited during this global catastrophe.”