Intercultural Understanding Partnership (ICUP)
The Intercultural Understanding Partnership (ICUP) is a national initiative created by Together For Humanity (TFH) and funded by the Australian Government.
Each year, schools are invited to apply for the program. Selected schools receive consultation time with TFH intercultural experts and financial support to improve the learning and wellbeing of students by addressing a cross-cultural and/or interfaith challenge in their school community.
In 2020, we received around 70 ICUP Expressions of Interest from around Australia. After an extensive shortlisting process, 28 schools across five states in both regional and metropolitan areas were selected to participate in the program. Over the next 12-18 months, TFH educators will provide consultation time to the schools. Between them, the schools will also receive over $160,000 to support their projects.
Participating schools include a newly-established metropolitan primary school, small regional primary schools, large metropolitan high schools and a Juvenile Justice Education Centre.
Projects will address a range of issues including:
- increased incidents of racism as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
- challenges arising in schools with a high number of refugee enrolments
- the need to provide regional students with an understanding of, and connection to, people from different cultures
- the need to facilitate greater belonging for indigenous students, and more
We are partnering with the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) in Victoria and The Abraham Institute in South Australia to support these projects.
Please check back regularly for information, pictures and videos on how each project is progressing.