AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION AND MULTICULTURALISM
The following is a text of the letter sent by Ruth Martin, to the Age Green Guide, February 7, 2002.
In these days of the demonising of minority ethnic groups and the disparaging of the state school system, it was
refreshing to hear a positive story on the DOGS (Council for the Defence of Government Schools) program on
3CR Community Radio ( 2/2) This involved a young Kurdish woman, now a university student, who paid a
moving tribute to the public school system in NSW where, for the first time in her life, on Multicultural Day at
the high school she attended, she was able to celebrate and be proud of her Kurdish heritage without fear.
Politicians and others should take note.
RUTH MARTIN, BRUNSWICK
Afsaneh Jolan was the Kurdish girl who was interviewed. Her address to the Australian Education Union Conference 2002 is available on the AEU WEBSITE at: