Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said schools in the New England Electorate would receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day.
Mr Joyce said schools would receive two books: Decision: Stories of leadership in the services about the influence of Australian leaders during wartime and A Bitter Fate: Australians in Malaya and Singapore, December 1941 – February 1942.
The two posters commemorate the centenaries of the Flanders Offensive and the Sinai–Palestine Campaign.
“It is important that every generation understands the costs and impacts of war, both on the battlefield and at home,” Mr Joyce said.
“The book explores the stories of individuals who made decisions that saved lives and influenced the outcomes of battles and wars. The posters will encourage reflection and discussion of two very different, but important events in our history - the Third Battle of Ypres and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
“As we commemorate the Anzac Centenary 2014–2018, these materials will help our school-aged children develop an appreciation of the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in defence of our nation over the past 100 years, and those who continue to serve today,” Mr Joyce said.
Schools across Australia will receive the education resources by the end of March. The learning activities are available for free download from the Anzac Portal. The posters will also be distributed to libraries, ex-service organisations, aged care facilities, hospitals, local councils, and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade overseas missions. They are supported by an online Wartime Snapshot.