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Remembering and memorialising Australian peacekeeping : Comments

By Jo Coghlan, published 18/10/2012

On the 65th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping, the imagery of the Australian peacekeeper doesn't sit comfortably with the iconography of the fallen digger.

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Interesting article BUT the idea that peacekeeping conflicts with the 'digger myth' and is absent from public discourse is exaggerated. Between 2008 and 2012 the Australian Defence Force sponsored an educational program called 'Defence 2020' that directly reached thousands of secondary students and hundreds of teachers in a series of Youth Challenges, and reached every school in Australia with printed and online practical classroom resources. A strong theme of this in each of the five years of the program was the place of ADF peacekeeping in Australian history. Students had no trouble in seeing Peacekeeping as a vibrant and important element of the Anzac tradition. I think academic commentators need to be aware of the favourable and informed attitude of many young people to peacekeeping, and the strong theme that exists in the new national curriculum for history. Yes, there should be a national memorial to Australian peacekeepers, but there is currently an awareness among many thousands of students nationally of the importance of peacekeeping in our national tradition. Let's build on that.
Posted by eagleres, Thursday, 18 October 2012 9:11:12 AM
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