Welcome to the ANZAC Centenary Schools Link Program (ACSLP)
The ACSLP is a pilot program inspired by the creation of the Australian Remembrance Trail in France and Belgium. It is designed to provide strategies, support and a forum to encourage schools in France and Belgium to partner with schools in Australia to commemorate the Centenary of World War 1 in a variety of exciting, meaningful and enduring ways.
At a time when commemorative programs around the world are focusing on the events and lessons of 100 years ago, this program will engage and challenge the young people of the three nations to investigate, learn, understand, connect, share findings and to renew the links that bound their families 100 years ago.
This website is a portal for students, teachers and local communities to share their learning experiences and discoveries. There are many ways to do this by:
- Adopting a soldier or nurse and preserving their stories
- Sharing resources and information about the impact of war on their own local communities, noting the similarities and differences
- Creating a personal cemetery register of French, Belgian and Australian graves
- Sharing stories, memorabilia and community commemorative activities
- Creating an international photo exhibition of the ‘memories of war’ – local monuments, gravesites, street names, buildings, memorial parks, the changed landscape
- Fostering school exchange programs, and much more.
There are 4 main sections to this site.
- HOME provides an overview of the ACSLP and highlights news and event.
- SCHOOLS is a special section for partner schools to share their school profiles, their ‘adopted’ service person and their research into local communities as well as to showcase the Centenary activities and events that they have organised.
- RESOURCES section provides practical advice on classroom strategies for teachers, common curriculum connections, student activity sheets and advice for forging strong links with partner schools. The resources are available online to the participating schools, and, eventually, will be accessible by every student in Australia, France and Belgium as the pilot program develops into a wider community education initiative.
- CONTACTS & LINKS provide details about the sponsors, developers and managers of the program as well as links to other Centenary sites and organisations.Anyone can access this site however only those schools participating in the pilot program can, via a secure log in system, upload resources and exchange information with their partner schools.
- GALLERY contains a series of photographs showing contact between Australian soldiers and nurses and World War 1 French and Belgian communities.