Fadi Elbarbar teaches at St Monica's in Epping where he introduced interactive Fairtrade resources.

Guest blogger: Fadi Elbarbar gives us Food 4 Thought

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Fadi Elbarbar is the Social Justice Coordinator at St Monica’s in Epping, Victoria. Apart from being a star teacher, he also won the Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand’s Fairtrade Supporter of the Year Award for his work in leading St Monica’s to become a Fairtrade school!

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Taking Action: The VicSRC Congress

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The Victorian Student Representative Council hosted more than 200 of Victoria’s most effervescent kids for their annual congress. In this blog, Oxfam’s Schools Program Coordinator Annalise De Mel, CEO and co-founder of One Girl Chantelle Baxter, and Kevin Hawkins from Oaktree share their top take-home tips to aspiring young activists.

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Three TEDx talks changing the game in Australian education

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What will education look like in the 21st century? Globalisation, the rise of standardised testing, and the technological revolution has put us at a crossroads. In March, Oxfam participated in the TEDxRosalindParkED event held in Bendigo to hear answers from innovative experts from around the nation and beyond. Discover our favourite learnings.

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Oxfam Schools Program: meet Lucy

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Lucy McCredie has been lending a helping hand at Oxfam’s Schools Program since November last year, in between finishing her Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Melbourne, start her post-graduate study and getting full-time teaching work. You can get involved with Oxfam’s Schools Program too!

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Term two featured school resource: fair trade

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For many students, shopping is already tied to their lives. It’s what they do on the weekend, it forms part of their identity. It’s also something they have control over, and that means they can make choices as consumers that can change lives. This is where Oxfam’s Term Two education resources about Fairtrade come in.

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How can students ‘take action’?

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You and your students are fired up about an issue — global poverty, Indigenous rights and equality, ethical fashion, the broken food system — whatever it is that’s got you going. But how do you translate that passion into action?

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Can one student’s Instagram post change the world?

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In its second year, the Close the Gap Instagram competition received more than 140 entries from across the nation. And when you hear the stories of our winners, it’s clear the challenge is much more than mucking around on social media, or even being heard on issues of national importance.

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Schools in action: Hornsby Girls High School

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Year Ten students from Hornsby Girls High School spent last year campaigning against the exploitation of the Bangladeshi workers who produce our clothes. The students created an awareness and fundraising initiative to support Oxfam with the brilliantly clever name ‘Don’t Sweat it’.

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Oxfam’s Schools Program: meet Nick

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As part of Educating for Change, we want you to get to know us better. Nick Chester is a recent University of Melbourne graduate with a passion for sustainability. He’s one of many volunteers who made a massive difference to the Schools Program last year as the Schools Program Officer.

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10 photos that rocked last year’s Close the Gap student photo challenge

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Instagram may have a reputation as a breeding ground for selfies and photos of brunch, but in March there’s a reason to put those filters to good use. This year’s Student Photo Challenge is running from March 16-20. More details are available in the National Close the Gap Day How to Guide.

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Schools in Action: Lyndhurst Secondary College’s epic Hunger Banquet

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Can you believe that in 2015, 1 in 9 people still go to bed hungry every night? So as part of Eat Local Feed Global almost a hundred schools around the nation set out to understand what is causing global hunger and experience a lunch they’d never forget. We popped in to Lyndhurst Secondary College in Victoria, whose ‘Food Glorious Food’ Year 9 classes ran two banquets.

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Three schools who love National Close the Gap Day

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Check out just some of the incredible schools from across Australia who participated in National Close the Gap Day 2014.

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Back to school, back into action.

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Welcome to Educating for Change, Oxfam’s brand new Schools Program blog. You might remember us as Educators shaping change. Sorry it’s been so long. We’ve taken some time off for soul-searching, had a little work done, and we’re back better than ever.

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Constitutional Recognition of the First Australians – fixing our incomplete national story

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Our Constitution is missing a crucial part of the Australian story – there’s not one mention of the tens of thousands of years of history of the First Australians, nor the unique contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make today. In fact, whilst there are parts that mention lighthouses, beacons, buoys […]

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6 reasons why Twitter is a teacher’s BFF

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Twitter. It was the last thing I wanted to spend my time on. I already used Facebook so why would I need another social media platform to eat up my spare time and contribute to my procrastination regime? If you are an educator interested in active citizenship, global perspectives, development education, English, Geography, SOSE, HSIE, […]

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School resources putting a spotlight on the Olympics

Make the most of Olympics fever to raise your students’ awareness of the serious labour rights issues behind many of the big sports-wear brands, with our new Olympic Special Student Action Guide.

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Apathetic, self-obsessed teens? Whatevs…students tackling the tough issues

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Students from Cheltenham Girls High School are taking action on issues of children in detention – and proving to be leaders in their own right.

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The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary

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And now for something completely different: after rediscovering the joys of the classic nature documentary, Sharon stumbles upon a clever mocumentary perfect for classroom use.

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Our friends at PLAN International launch a fantastic new classroom resource

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Non-government organisations (NGOs) are uniquely placed to provide teachers with active citizenship and social justice perspectives – and PLAN International have done just that with their latest classroom resource.

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What do our students know about the famine in the Horn of Africa?

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Ideas to motivate your students to better understand the famine in the Horn of Africa and how they can contribute to a world without hunger.

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No permission slips needed for this excursion

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Take your students on a trip around the world with no need for passports, permission slips or jet lag tablets — just get them to bring their sneakers…

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Was Kermit right when he sang "It’s not easy being Green"..?

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It IS easy being Green. Check out these tools, great case studies and ideas to start a food garden at your school.

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More than 85,000 students took action to Close the Gap

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This year, more than 85,000 students and more than 5000 teachers at 371 schools showed their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality – making it the biggest National Close the Gap day in history.

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Hot topics in the classroom

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How do you incorporate a controversial topic like refugees and asylum seekers into your classroom? This week’s blog includes excellent resources to give you some starting points…

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