The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers, commits itself to a range of projects and activities across the areas in research, community education, advocacy, networking and a range of social justice issues both nationally and internationally.
With a priority for ‘first and last peoples’ the Centre focuses on the circumstances of indigenous people, refugees and asylum seekers – especially young people.
They have a collection of publications, including a quarterly newsletter, Just Thinking; a regular issues paper, Just Comment; and a number of specific research and submission papers.
The Centre is also involved in a range of community education activities including immersion programs to Indigenous communities in Australia and with partner organisations oversees. Immersions focus on issues of cross-cultural communication, peace and conflict.
Community education is also a key goal of our Schools Network, aims to involve schools from around Australia in a discussion of social justice issues and an exchange of information on projects schools are undertaking to advance these issues.
The Centre networks with a variety of organisations involved in social justice and advocacy. We have partner organisations in the areas of Business Ethics (The Edmund Rice Business Ethics Initiative), Indigenous Rights (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, The Lingiari Foundation and The ReconciliACTION Network) and broader social justice advocacy networks.
Our philosophy of working together to achieve positive social change extends beyond these partner organisations to include a range of organisations from all sectors of the Non-profit.
For more information about the work of the Centre or to get involved, please visit their Website
A Resource for Educators
For many years the Edmund Rice Centre has been working to raise awareness of, and advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource is ERC’s latest publication, which converts years of our research and experience into curriculum support material that addresses the learning needs of students.
The free 54 page Education Resource offers 35 cross-curricular activities which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy. The activities are adaptable to all year levels in secondary school and some can also be used with primary classes, students with special needs and could also be used in community group discussions.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
To download this Education Resource and the Flyer, go to www.erc.org.au/Resources_for_Schools/Asylum_Seekers_and_Refugees