"The curriculum materials are excellent
and I find them invaluable in developing our unit of work"
Robyn Davis, Gippsland Grammar
"My girls really embraced this
and were very concerned about what is happening in the world.
I will be using this great resource next term with my lively and compassionate
group of Year 10 girls"
Vivienne Lynch, Korawa Anglican Girls’ School
There are an estimated 40.3 million people in modern day slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriages. (International Labour Organization).
1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children. (International Labour Organization).
ZOE Australia believes that ‘Education’ is one of the key ways in which students of all ages can gain understanding and knowledge about the issues surrounding modern slavery and, in particular, child trafficking.
It is through a combination of informal learning at home, and formal learning during school time, that students develop personal and social skills. Even from a very young age, students interact with others - beginning to learn and explore issues such as fairness, respect and problem solving skills.
As students grow and are exposed to more complex human rights issues, education gives them opportunities to learn, challenge, problem-solve, influence and contribute to bringing about change, in powerful ways.
ZOE helps Australians to learn about the local and global issues involving the exploitation of children by building understanding, empathy, and a sense of shared responsibility.
Through education, ZOE seeks to equip and empower whole communities (parents, staff, teachers and students) to prevent child trafficking from occurring, by offering relevant curriculum resources and informative tool kits. We use our experience gained from working with child trafficking survivors along with current research and methodologies to work alongside leaders, educators and influencers to learn, assist, collaborate, develop and produce resources that will change attitudes and behaviours.
The Year 10 curriculum uses the case study of a Burmese girl who has been forced to work in a begging ring in the lesson plans. Students follow her story from her kidnap in Myanmar through her experiences in Thailand and her eventual repatriation to her family. This is based on an actual case although some of the details have been changed to protect her identity.
The Year 9 curriculum has two versions available. One version covers all forms of slavery, the other version does not cover the topic of sexual slavery.