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Intercultural Understanding Partnership

Intercultural Understanding

The Intercultural Understanding Partnership (ICUP) is an initiative created by Together for Humanity (TFH). The ICUP provides opportunities for a number of schools to work closely with TFH to address a cross-cultural and/or interfaith challenge in their school community.

The initiative has been funded by the Australian Government and each of the partner schools will receive up to $15,000 over two years to support its participation.

The ICUP application deadline has now closed for 2020. If your school has an interfaith or intercultural challenge and you would like advice on how to address the challenge please email  mark@togetherforhumanity.org.au

The ICUP has grown out of the Good Practice program work TFH has undertaken with schools over the last two years. See one example in this video, or click here for more examples.

Alignment with curriculum

The ICUP is underpinned by the General Capability of Intercultural Understanding in the Australian Curriculum, and places value on the three dispositions – expressing empathy, demonstrating respect and taking responsibility. ICUP can also help schools address the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, particularly within the Inclusion and Partnerships elements.

Frequently asked questions

How many grants will be issued?

At this stage we expect 12 grants will be issued across metropolitan and regional Australia.

Can a school submit more than one application?

Yes, a school can submit as many applications as they like so long as each represents a different intercultural challenge in their community.

What is the process for the selection of grant recipients?

After the submission deadline a panel of experienced educators from Together for Humanity (TFH) will meet and shortlist applications. For each shortlisted application a TFH facilitator will contact the school to discuss their intercultural challenge in more detail. The school will also be presented with the accountability requirements required to receive the grant. After these visits the TFH panel will reconvene and decide which schools will receive the grant.

What is the expected timeline for the project given the COVID-19 situation?

With the new EOI deadline of May 22, it is expected that shortlisting will occur in Term 2. By early Term 3 schools will receive confirmation if they have been successful with their application. Stage 1: Planning would begin in Term 3, with Stage 2: Implementation occurring at the earliest in Term 4 2020, but most likely at the start of the 2021 school year.

What is the role of the TFH facilitator?

The TFH facilitator is part of the school ICUP team. The TFH facilitator is NOT the chair of the ICUP team. Their role is to work with the team to develop their ICUP plan, provide networking opportunities, share their expertise and assist the team meet accountability requirements.

Who would be on the school ICUP team?

Team membership will be decided in discussion with school leadership, the ICUP facilitator and is based on the nature of the intercultural challenge.

How will the money be distributed?

The grant funds will be distributed based on the ICUP plan that is developed with the school ICUP team. It is expected that the grant will be allocated in stages rather than one lump sum.

What are some of the accountability requirements for spending the grant money?

TFH needs to report to the Australian Government how the grant money is being used. There is no restriction on how the grant money is spent, so long as it aligns to the school ICUP plan. We anticipate that funds would be spent on teacher release for meetings and planning, teacher PD, collecting data, creating teaching resources and student resources.

Further questions?

Please contact Mark at mark@togetherforhumanity.org.au

Training

Teachers can access our free online professional learning programs related to Intercultural Understanding including our new Cohesion in Diversity course. The TFH education team can also provide face-to-face training for school staff. All training courses are linked to Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and, for teachers in NSW, are NESA accredited.