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Week 4: Multicultural education

Held 21 to 27 August.

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Culturally diverse classrooms enrich the learning experience and encourage inclusive and respectful attitudes from an early age. Whether it be through learning another language or participating in cultural exchange, our schools provide many opportunities to learn how to become global citizens in order to thrive in a changing world.

In the secondary and tertiary education sphere, Trade and Investment Queensland recently launched their International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026. This document outlines the importance and value of international education and training to Queensland, stating “in dollar terms, in 2015, research from Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that International education and training (IET) contributed $2.8 billion in export revenue to the Queensland economy. Deloitte Access Economics estimated that 19,470 (full time equivalent) jobs are generated from the IET sector”.

Queensland’s regional communities also stand to benefit from a strong international education and training sector, with one-third of the jobs generated based in the regions and through a share of student related expenditure ($937 million in 2015) across tourism, increased demand for goods and services, and increased cultural capital and diversity.

This final week of Queensland Multicultural Month will celebrate educational institutions that recognise the importance of cultural diversity. It will be an opportunity to explore, discuss and promote multiculturalism from early years to tertiary levels.

Culturally diverse classrooms and education enrich young people’s learning experience and encourage inclusive and respectful attitudes, from an early age. Whether it be through learning another language or participating in cultural exchange, our schools provide opportunities to learn how to become global citizens so we can thrive in a changing world.

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