Helping schools plan Remembrance Day activities

Schools will be given an educational kit to help them plan “personal and respectful” activities for Remembrance Day on November 11.

Federal Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said on Friday: “On the 11th day of the 11th month the world marks the Armistice and the official end of First World War.

“The First World War had a profound impact on our country with so many Australians killed and wounded.

“As a nation we must teach the next generation about the service and sacrifice of our ancestors as well the cost this country has paid defending its freedoms and values. Schools play an important role in ensuring the youngest members of our community have an understanding of Australia’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.”

The educational kit will include a Remembrance Day commemorative poster, the 2018 DVA calendar, an educational resource and flyers promoting new online publications about Australian peacekeeping and the 2018 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

“This year’s Remembrance Day poster will honour the significant contribution of Australian Peacekeepers over the last 70 years,” Mr Tehan said.

“A key part of this year’s educational resource is the sixth instalment in the Century of Service series which explores stories of Australians finding joy and laughter in simple pleasures like sport and music amongst the horrors of war.”

Schools will receive the educational kit in October with resources also available to download via the DVA Anzac Portal.