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Gain new insights into the lives of the diverse individuals that who seek asylum in Australia and around the world with this collection of clips and documentaries.
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24:28 | Published 2 years ago
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Behind the News

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

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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24:29 | Published 2 years ago
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Behind the News

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New President/Air Pollution//Part 1 - Rural RefugeesPart 2 - Refugee AFL Program/Inventive Kids

New President: In a result most didn't predict, Americans have elected businessman and former reality star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the country. We'll introduce you to the next leader of the free world and let you know his plans for the future. Air Pollution: Imagine if your school had to close because the air outside was too polluted to breathe. That's what happened in India's capital New Delhi recently. Students and teachers there petitioned government to do something about it. But they aren't the only kids in the world struggling to breathe safely. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Place and liveability: The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places Year 7 Two part BtN Special feature - Refugees in Australia: Part 1 - Rural Refugees: In some rural areas, communities are shrinking as residents gradually move to the city. But recently, the people of Mingoola decided to do something about it. They hatched a plan by encourage refugee families to move there. And now, they say the move has revitalised the town. Part 2 - Refugee AFL Program: A new AFL coaching program has been created to help young refugees to feel more connected to their community. It's already been hailed a success by AFL representatives and community leaders. But one inspiring young girl sees it as more than a lot of fun, she sees it as her ticket to the big time. Inventive Kids: Three Aussie kids will be heading to NASA in the US after being named the winners of a national competition for young inventors. We'll meet these resourceful young people and find out what amazing ideas they came up with. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting: With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating: Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7

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21:39 | Published 9 years ago
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Behind The News

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27/04/2010

Asylum Seekers The Federal Government has changed its policy on asylum seekers - imposing a six month freeze on refugee applications for people from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. It's also re-opening two former detention centres on the Australian mainland because Christmas Island is overcrowded. Refugee advocates are criticising the moves but opinion polls appear to show Australians want tougher action against asylum seekers. But where does this leave those fleeing their homes? BTN explains the difference between asylum seekers and refugees and examines why asylum seekers arriving by boat create much more controversy than those arriving by air. School Tests Australian schools are scheduled to conduct their first NAPLAN tests on students' literacy skills next month. But many teachers are unhappy about it and their union has says its members won't co-operate with them. BTN looks at the reasons behind this row - the main one being the Federal Government's MySchool website, which is designed to let parents know how their schools are performing. Those opposed to the website argue that it can lead to unfair comparisons of schools. Special Olympics The Special Olympics are underway in Adelaide - for intellectually disabled athletes. BTN looks at the aims of the games and what they mean to the competitors - in particular one young sailor from South Australia. Burn Treatment Winter means Australians will be firing up their heating appliances ...but it also brings a rise in accidents involving burns. We look at treatments for burns, from fist aid to the latest advances in skin replacement...through the experiences of a nine-year-old girl. Snake Man For nearly a hundred years, the "snake man" has been a weekend entertainment fixture at La Perouse, in Sydney's south. It's a job that's been handed down from father to son in the Cann family. They've demonstrated their skills at taming Australia's deadliest creatures in a makeshift ring on the headland...passing around the hat after each performance. Now the current snake man, John Cann is retiring - at the age of 72. We look at his life and times with the help of some intriguing archival footage. Storm Scandal One of the biggest Australian sports scandals. NRL club the Melbourne Storm has been caught cooking the books on player payments. The punishment's been severe...heavy fines, loss of Premierships and a season wipeout for 2010. BTN looks at the issue of salary caps in football teams. Why have them? How do they work? And how was the Storm able to cheat the system for so long without getting caught?

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