AFC Asian Cup LOC to develop school education program

Children across Australia will have the opportunity to learn more about Australia’s relationship with Asia thanks to a new education resource being developed by the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 LOC.

Primary school children around Australia will have the opportunity to learn more about Australia-s relationship with Asia and football thanks to a new education resource being developed by the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee (LOC).

The LOC has appointed Four Diegos Media to develop a football focused on-line education resource for use in Australian classrooms.

The program will reflect the Australian curriculum-s priority of Asia and Australia-s engagement with Asia and develop student capability of intercultural understanding.

LOC Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said Four Diegos Media would work with an eminent advisory committee to assist the LOC to develop and market the resource to the education community.

“The LOC will provide teachers with an education resource that meets governments- national curriculum priorities of Asia and Australia-s engagement with Asia and also promotes the Asian Cup to school communities,” Mr Brown said.

“Beyond 2015, this resource will form the cornerstone of FFA-s curriculum activity to ensure there is a good education tool with a focus on football beyond the Asian Cup.

“This project is an important legacy that the Asian Cup can leave for football and for Australian school children.”

The Education Resource Advisory Committee-s members are representative of the states hosting AFC Asian Cup matches and national education bodies including:

Dr. Jim Watterston - Director General Department of Education, Training and Employment Queensland Chris Wardlaw - Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Review Group, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Wayne Craig - Schools Adviser, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria Norm Hart - President of the Australian Primary School Principal's Association Kurt Mullane - Director, Asia Education Foundation Diane Joseph - Director General, ACT Education and Training Directorate Dr. David Cullen - Director, Early Learning and Primary Education; NSW Department of Education and Communities Alex Gordon - Group Manager, Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Group, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Four Diegos Media is developing the pilot program with testing in selected schools to begin next month. It will be launched for the wider school community in 2014.