WA students see 'new reality' through Harmony Day

Students at Alinjarra Primary School in Alexander Heights today joined with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy and Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt for the WA launch of a new augmented reality Harmony Day app, 'Harmony Day Stories'.

Senator Pratt said, “Alinjarra does a great Job celebrating Harmony Day each year which is why it was chosen for the WA launch of the ‘Harmony Day Stories App.”

Senator Lundy said the app shares three unique migration stories and comes with supplementary educational materials for schools. All smart phone and tablet users can now share in these special Australian stories.

“The new app complements the existing Harmony Day smart phone app developed by Unisys and is a fantastic resource for school children, giving them the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a part of modern Australia,” Senator Lundy said.

“The stories of Anh, Renata and Kofi offer some fascinating insights into the journeys of Australians from another cultural background.”

Senator Pratt said the new app represented a great way for WA students to learn more about Australian multiculturalism.

"One of the very best things about WA schools is the diversity of students and their many different cultural backgrounds. This app really enables our schools to tap into great stories about multiculturalism and more importantly to encourage students to share their own family experiences,'" Senator Pratt said.

This year’s Harmony Day theme, Many Stories – One Australia, invites all Australians to share their personal journey with others – in workplaces, through social media, at schools and in their communities.

Senator Lundy said this year’s theme highlights that every story is important and through sharing those stories, it is possible to reflect on the unique and diverse journeys of all Australians.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are an indigenous Australian, a recent arrival or a fifth generation migrant, every one of us has a story to share and each forms a part of this greater whole that we call the Australian family,” Senator Lundy said.

“We encourage all Australians to embrace the Harmony Day spirit every day of the year, share their story, and learn about the lives of other Australians from every corner of the globe.”

For more information on Harmony Day, to download the apps, and ideas to help you celebrate Harmony Day, visit the website www.harmony.gov.au

Media contact: Senator Pratt’s office 0417 175 220 Chris Owens – Minister Lundy’s office 0409 945 476