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Campaigns : Social Justice in Early Childhood

This page details SJIEC current campaigns and events. For details on campaigns or events in previous years, please navigate to our ‘History’ tab and select the appropriate year.

18th Annual Conference - Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 2022

SJIEC 18th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater

When: Saturday 30th July 2022
Time: 9:00am – 4.00pm
Where: Online and in person at Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, REDFERN
Tickets: $50 (plus small booking fee)

Register here

SJIEC submission - 2021 NQF Approved Learning Frameworks Update (September 2021)

SJIEC made a written submission in response to the discussion paper released for Stage 2 of the National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks Update 2021

This submission was prepared by the SJIEC Policy Group (Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, Stephen Gallen, Dr Rachel Chapman, Sarah Louise Gandolfo, Alistair Gibbs and Kate O’Hara-Aarons), with input from early childhood teachers, educators and allies in the field of education.

Everyone deserves to live, study, and work with dignity, no matter what they believe, who they are, or whom they love

October 2020

SJIEC has joined more than 100 organisations in opposing One Nation NSW’s Religious Freedoms Bill, calling for fair and equal discrimination laws which protect all of us, including people of faith and those who are not religious, equally alongside other groups.

We’ve endorsed the statement calling for laws that protect us all, equally. Will your organisation join us?

A BEAUTIFUL Fair Day 2020!

Fair Day 2020

SJIEC had a great time at Fair Day 2020

Mardi Gras 2020 kicked off on Sunday 16 February with a fabulous Fair Day. The SJIEC group loved meeting so many new friends and sharing our work with the community.

Our new lapel pins had a great debut and were a big hit with our volunteers! Thanks again to Fresh Promotions Australia for generously donating these wonderful pins.

SJIEC at Fair Day 2020

Fair Day 2020 – SJIEC stall

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT Check out the event website for more information

Come see us at Fair Day 2020!
When: Sunday 16 February 2020
Time: 10am – 9.00pm
Where: Victoria Park CAMPERDOWN, NSW

Feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket and hang out for a while. We will post more updates about our participation in Fair Day in the SJIEC Facebook event as the date gets closer.

SJIEC hosted screening of The Australian Dream

When: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Time: 7pm
Where: DENDY Cinema Newtown NSW
Tickets: $25

4/12/2019: “Last night this fabulous group of people came together to watch The Australian Dream. If you’ve seen it you’ll know that you’ll more than likely be reaching for a hand or a hold at some point as it’s an incredibly powerful piece for Australia to reflect on racism. Thank you for coming and experiencing this moment in time together. We are better together and stronger together and able to face and eliminate bias together” – Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Liam McNicholas interviews Dr Red Ruby Scarlet on LGBTIQA+ cultures in early childhood

“Mardi Gras is just one festival that the LGBTIQA+ community celebrates, and though it is Sydney based, it is the biggest queer cultural event in Australia. All states and territories have Pride marches and festivals during the year, and inevitably you’ll see all of these festivals festooned with families coming together and celebrating queer culture. It’s a colour-fest for the eyes and a joy filled experience for those who create these events, participate in them, and, more recently, report on them. Still, there are many educators who think this festival shouldn’t be part of early childhood education.

At the same time, there are many committed and enthusiastic educators and teachers who are keen to celebrate LGBTIQA+ cultures but aren’t sure how or where to start. Their hesitation is possibly due to not recognising sexuality and gender diversity as ‘culture’, however, sexuality and gender diversity is very much cultural. So in the same way we work hard to authentically embed Aboriginal, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversities into our everyday practice, gender and sexuality are both part of these cultural diversities, and cultural diversities in their own right.”

To read the full interview, click here