“The Social Justice Group has an interesting history. It arose out of a number of groups that were operating before 1995 focusing on Anti Bias issues. 1995 was the ‘International Year of Tolerance’ and a number of people within these groups were invited to get together to organise a conference addressing related early childhood issues within the ‘International Year of Tolerance’. The conference was a huge success, though more importantly, those of us who were part of the conference organising committee (Betty Hopson, Leonie Arthur, Kerryn Jones, Sandra Cheeseman, Louise Brennan, Chris Legg, Anthea Hotten) found that we really enjoyed working together. We were like minded people that had particular views around social justice issues and so we felt inspired through the organisation of the conference. At the completion of the conference we had a wrap up session where we wanted to evaluate the conference…and that’s how the group began”
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
15th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 2019
Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater 15. Details and conference program below:
When: Saturday 27 July 2019 Time: 8.30am – 4.30pm Where: Redfern Community Centre, Redfern, Sydney Tickets: $65 – to purchase click here Food: Morning tea and lunch provided
14th Annual Conference – Throwing the Baby Out With the Bathwater 2018
On Saturday 28 July at Redfern Community Centre, Sydney we enjoyed an incredible day of inspiring speakers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and efforts to either organising the day and/or presenting. A selection of presentations from the day:
SJIEC Conference Panel: Social justice, pedagogy and social media: Teachers talking social justice: Alistair Gibbs – “When you’re sharing all of your selves, that’s when anti-bias works best”. Alistair on the power of vulnerability in embedding anti-bias practise in our work with children and families. Stephen Gallen – Stephen respectfully (and with beauty) shared his revelations about children’s perspective and agency that deep reflection provides. Kathy Gelding – Kathy passionately shared the beginnings of her exciting PhD research along with the important work she does with tertiary students surrounding contemporary Aboriginal art and perspectives.
Live Broadcast of The Early Education Show with Lisa Bryant, Liam McNicholas and Leanne Gibbs.
A/Prof Felicity McArdle: Keynote Address: Somethin’ about art and culture. Associate Professor Felicity McArdle asked us ‘What does art actually do and how does it work?’ We were reminded that artists have the power to shift the ways we see the world and how powerful and lasting art can be as a means of communication.
Trish Highfield – Annual Nick Murphie Memorial Keynote: children in immigration detention: Calculated cruelty – State sanctioned suffering. Trish’s fearless, shocking and heartbreaking sharing about children in detention shook us to our collective core. We are moved to listen, to reflect and to respond individually and together in anyway we possible can.
SJIEC is excited to announce we are bringing the 12th Annual Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater conference to Melbourne in November, 2015. The Sydney version of this conference, themed Gender and the Arts, received excellent positive feedback and several Melbourne attendees suggested the conference should travel interstate! So please find below the Conference Program for download, which reflects some of the presentations in Sydney and some new content for our Melbourne colleagues.
When: Saturday 21 November 2015 Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm Where: Australian Education Union, 112 Trenerry Cres, Abbotsford, Melbourne Cost: $50 per person, payable on the day in cash
To register, please download the Registration Form below and email it to email@example.com
Media Release Children’s Week 2015 – Children in detention
SJIEC is proud to support the Palestine Preschool Concert, a fundraising event organised for chidlren in the West Bank, Palestine. Hosted by comedian Steve Philp, come along for an afternoon of great music. Download the flyer below for details on musicians.
Date: Sunday 28 March 2010 Time: From 4pm Where: The Annandale Hotel Tickets: $30 at the door in or from www.annandale.com
MEDIA RELEASE – Annual Conference Part 2 Melbourne, 2015
During Children’s Week, along side Community Child Care Co-operative NSW and the Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, we stood united with the Royal Children’s Hospital in advocating for child asylum seekers both on and offshore. A copy of the media release can be found and downloaded below.
Following on from this, at our annual conference today (Saturday 21 November) in Melbourne, the attendees of the conference will be finishing up the day with a group action of letter writing to our Government asking again for immediate action.