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Getting on with life!

The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) and The Body Shop Australia have partnered to run a national campaign in 2003. The campaign will celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the positive contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to Australian society. The campaign seeks to open hearts, minds and communities to solutions for refugees and asylum seekers in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to make a contribution to continuing to create a rich, multicultural and tolerant Australia. The campaign will be launched nationally during August.

As part of the campaign there will be a National Writing Competition for secondary school students titled 'Celebrating the Contribution of Australia's Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Getting On With Life'. The competition will be launched on World Refugee Day, 20th June 2003. The writing topic will be 'Tell us how refugees and asylum seekers make a positive contribution to Australia'. There are two categories (Years 7,8 and 9 and Years 10,11 and 12). First prize for each is $700 for the student and $2,000 for the school. The competition will be judged by a panel that will include prominent Australians.

The competition aims to engage teachers and students in exploring and communicating one of the most challenging and important issues Australia is facing in a positive and constructive way.

Download the competition details and entry form [PDF] .
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