Pre­miers urged to put re­spect on school agenda

Plea on home vi­o­lence

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN of the Year Rosie Batty will ask ev­ery state premier to com­mit to de­liv­er­ing com­pul­sory do­mes­tic vi­o­lence preven­tion lessons when she fronts them at next week’s Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments meet­ing.

Ms Batty said it was es­sen­tial chil­dren in all schools be taught the im­por­tance of re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships.

The fam­ily vi­o­lence aware­ness cam­paigner has emailed the 21,000 sup­port­ers of her Never Alone cam­paign, urg­ing them to sign a pe­ti­tion sup- port­ing manda­tory re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ship lessons in schools.

“Schools are places where re­spect and equal­ity can be mod­elled, to help shape pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours at an early stage of life,” Ms Batty said. “They can play a cen­tral role in teach­ing young peo­ple what vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren looks like and that it is never OK.”

Ms Batty said while good strides had been made in NSW and Vic­to­ria in ce­ment­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence aware­ness within the school cur­ricu­lum, more needed to be done.

She said it needed to be ad­dressed from a young age and schools were key to en­sur­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions could live with­out fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner Me­gan Mitchell backed Ms Batty and urged pre­miers to give the is­sue con­sid­er­a­tion.

Ms Mitchell said while some states were de­liv­er­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence aware­ness lessons in the high school cur­ricu­lum it was also im­por­tant to reach younger chil­dren.

“I re­ally do not think there is a too early here, the is­sue is how the sub­ject is couched, ob­vi­ously this has to be done in a way that is sen­si­tive to the age and the stage of the chil­dren,” she said.

Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence NSW chief ex­ec­u­tive Moo Baulch and Bris­bane Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ser­vice team leader Kylie Robert­son have pre­vi­ously called for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence to be ad­dressed in a more mean­ing­ful way in the na­tional cur­ricu­lum.

A spokesman for Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne said any changes to the cur­ricu­lum were a mat­ter for state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments, but learn­ing about re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships was al­ready a part of the na­tional cur­ricu­lum.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.