Term One Featured Resource: Close the Gap
In 2015, National Close The Gap Day (NCTGD) is being held at schools across Australia on Thursday 19 March.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are dying 10–17 years younger than other Australians. Think about that ― a non-Indigenous child who started school this year may outlive an Indigenous student completing Year 12. Your school can do something to help change this.
Health equality is everyone’s business, and we must continue to work together to ensure Indigenous health equality becomes a reality by 2030. Young people are at the forefront of this movement for change – they can see it’s their generation that is critical to maintaining momentum and creating long-awaited change.
Last year, students and teachers across Australia made up a quarter of the 150,000 Australians supporting National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) – helping make it the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health movement in Australia’s history. But we need your help again this year.
Check out how your school can get involved with NCTGD below, as well as our new school resources for 2015.
How can my school take part?
Register today to hold your own day of action at your school. It could be a special school assembly, a lunchtime event, a class activity – anything you like! When you register, we’ll post you a pack of free Close the Gap resources and materials from 1 February 2015, including a How To Guide for Students, which gives you all the info you need to run a successful event in your school. Posters, stickers, the 2015 Close Gap DVD and other goodies will also be sent to you.
Need some inspiration? Check out some awesome schools that have held National Close the Gap Day events in the past:
- Watch Nowra High School’s Close the Gap event
- Watch Upwey High School’s Close the Gap event
- Blog post – Three schools who love National Close the Gap Day
Take the 30 for 2030 Challenge and collect 30 signatures from family, friends, teachers, workmates and other community members via the 30 for 2030 Challenge pledge form, in support of the Close the Gap campaign. Your Nan, the guy who drives your bus and the lady at the corner shop – no one should be safe.
By getting involved we can increase the pressure on the government to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health programs are adequately prioritised and funded.
Download the ’30 for 2030′ pledge form. Teachers: Please print/photocopy the forms and distribute them to the student body.
Send completed pledge forms by post to:
Close the Gap Campaign – Oxfam Australia
132 Leicester Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Alternatively, you can and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Close the Gap with a Snap!
During 16–30 March 2015, Australian high school students who posted photos on Instagram to reflect five NCTGD themes were in the running to win great prizes.
To see the 2015 winners and entries, check out this blog post or jump on Instagram and search the #ctgstudents hashtag.
The Instagram Photo Challenge is a great way for kids to engage with and explore Close the Gap themes in an easy, fun and creative way using ICT in schools.
Our ‘no-faces’ photo policy also means the privacy and identity of all children participating in the challenge is protected.
To join the Close the Gap Day Instagram Student Photo Challenge, there are just four super-easy steps:
- Follow @closethegapcampaign on Instagram.
- Check out the five themes listed on Page 11 in the ‘How to Guide for students‘
- Once they’ve snapped their masterpiece it’s time to show us! Students just upload the photo to Instagram, apply a fantastic filter, add a caption.
- This next bit is super important: Tag #ctgstudents, @closethegapcampaign, and @3thingsoxfam in photo caption, so we know the photo is part of the competition.
Accounts must be set to public, or you have to request us to follow you (or we can’t see your photo). Students can use their personal accounts, or feel free to create a central account for your school/class and post their images from there.
At the end of every day, we judge the photos shared and give a shout out to our four favourite photos – The Daily Deadly Four. Every student or school whose photo is featured went into the running to win some fantastic prizes at the end of the week, including:
- Thanks to JB Hi-Fi, one lucky winner will win Instax Mini Camera and film, an Extreme X Action Camera, and a Nikon Coolpix
- Thanks to Oxfam Shop, one runner up will receive a year’s supply of Fair Trade Chocolate (52 blocks)
- Thanks to JB Hi-Fi, one school will win a deadly DVD pack including movies and TV series with an Indigenous theme like The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae, First Contact and more
Download materials for use in the classroom from the list below:
- NCTGD How to Guide for Students. Our brand-new event guide supports students to become actively involved in planning and running their own NCTGD event. You’ll also receive one of these when you register.
- 3things action guide. Got three minutes, three days or three weeks? Oxfam’s youth movement 3things has got three cracking suggestions of how young people can get involved with NCTGD.
- Close the Gap’s YouTube playlist.
- Chatterboxes. Our chatterboxes are a fun way for students to discover facts about Close the Gap and health equality. The third chatterbox is designed to be used as a learning tool, to dig deeper into the 2015 Close the Gap video.
- Downloadable Close the Gap posters and pledge forms.
- Photo release form. We’d love to see any photos you take of your events! Send them, along with this form, to email@example.com
- Personal stories on Close the Gap issues
- Useful links related to Close the Gap
- Images that tell the Close the Gap story – Powerpoint Presentation or PDF
- Hands On Health – a free education resource, designed for for Yr 11 & 12 Health students, that includes various activities on Close the Gap and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues.
Our school resources have been produced to assist teachers integrate National Close the Gap Day in the classroom and address learning outcomes. Discover how these resources link to the Australian Curriculum:
- Cross-curricular priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Geography: Year 10
- History: Year 9
- History: Year 10
- Health and Physical Education: Years 7 & 8
- Health and Physical Education: Years 9 & 10
Our resources can also be used across subjects and learning areas such as English, Society and Environment, Health, Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Art, Social Justice and Indigenous Studies.
These great resources have been provided by supporters of the Close the Gap campaign.
- Close the Gap – a one size fits all lesson (Word 19kb)
- A Q&A on Indigenous life expectancy (PDF 61kb)
- Presentation – Stereotyping Aboriginal Australians (PPT 1MB)
- Presentation – the facts on Indigenous health exposed (PDF 1MB)
Please be aware that the Speaker’s Bureau requires three weeks notice to find an available speaker. While we try and send a speaker to most requests, we are not always able to meet requests due to limited resources.