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Behind the News

Being a Kid in Syria/Refugees and Migrants/SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book/Oil in the Bight/New Note/Rugby Campaign  |  ABC Me

BEING A KID IN SYRIA: What is it really like to be a kid in Syria? Over the past few weeks, the world has been given an alarming insight into the violence and destruction going on in this war-torn country. It's left many asking what more can be done to help those stuck in the middle of it all. We take a look at the current situation in Syria and meet some of the kids that still call it home. REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS: In response to the worsening situation in Syria, many thousands of refugees have fled the country over the past year. Some have come to Australia, joining thousands of other people from all over the globe that move here each year to start a new life. In this special report, we take a look at what a refugee is and how it's different to other forms of migration. SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book: When refugee or migrant families come to Australia, they are given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for kids. So, in a world-first, Behind the News is going to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages from you, the kids of Australia. We'll invite kids everywhere to send in their artwork, before printing it into a special book. That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country. Tune in for your chance to be involved. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6 The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Years 5 & 6 OIL IN THE BIGHT: A fight is currently going on over the Great Australian Bight. Oil company BP has proposed drilling exploratory oil wells there. But environmentalists are trying hard to stop the proposal. We look at both sides of the debate. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use Year 4 Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6: People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7 Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 NEW NOTE: Next week, Australia will get its first new banknote in more than 20 years. The 5 dollar note is getting a makeover to incorporate new security features and a new design. It'll also feature a tactile function for vision impaired people that was championed by a kid named Connor. We'll give you a preview of the note and find out what changes you'll see. RUGBY CAMPAIGN: Imagine being told you can't play your favourite sport because you're a girl. That's what has happened to some junior rugby players. Up until 12, girls can play in boys teams. But in some states, there is no competition for them to join after that until 16. We meet one of the girls affected to find out what's being done about it.

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