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Harmony Week

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

With Wodonga TAFE celebrating Harmony Week we thought we would share with you just what Harmony Week is, why it’s important, and what you can do to show your support!

What is Harmony Week?

Harmony Week is all about celebrating the different and incredible cultures that make up our country. It’s a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

We identify with approximately 300 ancestries, around 7.2 million people have migrated to Australia since 1945, 45% of Australians are either born overseas or have a parent who was, and Harmony Week has been celebrated with 55,000 events since it began in 1999.

Why is Harmony Week important?

Harmony week promotes diversity and acceptance of other cultures. Its aim is to start a conversation about heritage, communities and culture and spread the message of ‘everyone belongs’.

Why do we wear orange during Harmony Week?

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week as it traditionally signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

How Can I show my support for Harmony Week?

Getting involved can be as simple as hosting an event or participating in an event at your school or workplace. Many communities are celebrating Harmony Week in their own way, this can include morning teas, costume days or other activities that allow you to showcase cultures, traditions and backgrounds.

How Wodonga TAFE is celebrating Harmony Week!

Monday:
Did you know that Australians identify with more than 300 ancestries? That’s a lot of cultural diversity to share and celebrate. The theme for Harmony Week 2022 is ‘Everyone Belongs’. Harmony Week gives Australians a chance to recognise our diversity, with at least 1 in 4 Australians having been born overseas there are many people in our workplaces and neighbourhoods with stories to share about their cultural identity.

Tuesday:
A Taste of Harmony.
 Does your Nonna have the best bechamel sauce? Do you make a great curry with your Mum’s secret spices? Does everyone love your pfeffernusse cookies or your shawarma beef, your camp damper or your pho? Share a copy of your favourite family recipe on our social channels, email Tahlie in Support Services at tahliej@wodongatafe.edu.au or bring a copy along to the Harmony Week display on campus at McKoy st in the café. We will be collecting recipes from staff and students to collate into a Wodonga TAFE family recipes e-book. Hungry now? Redcross stories here.

Wednesday:
On campus activities.
 Join us during your lunchtime for some Harmony Week activities on the lawn outside building A (if raining at the back of the café). Our Koorie Education Unit will be sharing their artistic talents, students from our multicultural communities will be spreading some joy and you can drop off your delicious family recipes and chat with Support Services.

Thursday:
Meditation is not a new concept and is practiced across the world in many different countries and cultures. Life can be stressful, especially when you feel as if you’re being pulled in different directions, whether at TAFE, work or in your personal life. Meditation is a powerful tool to deal with stress and anxiety so that you can take back control over your life and focus on achieving your goals. Whether you study and work, or are a stay-at-home parent, meditation can improve all aspects of your life. Here are the top five benefits of meditation:

- Reduce stress
- Promotes Productivity
- Helps you stay focused
- Improves relationships
- Regulates mood

Give yourself a few minutes and try out this beginners guide to Meditation here.

Friday:
A refugees story. Deng Thiak Adut is a Sudanese child soldier turned western Sydney lawyer and refugee advocate whose harrowing tale of his personal journey as a refugee has evoked strong emotions among Australians. Click this link below to watch his story here.

Additional information
Check out this link for further information on Harmony Week 2022 and to see what is happening in our region here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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