New Material For School Students Studying The Vietnam War

04 October 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is providing schools with new curriculum material to help teachers educate students about Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has put together a comprehensive history unit that explores the controversial and complicated period in Australia’s history. It’s our way of ensuring the legacy of our brave servicemen and women is never forgotten.

This year marks the 50 year anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, and it will be remembered forever as one of the most decisive moments in our nation’s military history.

The material is available for students in Year 9 and 10. It’s a unique look at Australia’s longest military engagement of the 20th century, and includes:

  • The logistics and tactical operations of the Battle of Long Tan
  • The ideologies and beliefs that led to Australia’s involvement in the war
  • A fierce public debate that divided a nation back home.

Some 60,000 Australians fought in the Vietnam War, and 521 never made it home.

Schools can download the materials at Link

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Veterans Philip Dalidakis

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. They deserve every opportunity to learn about Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.”

“The War was a complex and emotional time for many Australians. This history unit will explore the extraordinary chapter in our nation’s history.”

Quotes attributable to Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victoria Branch President Bob Elworthy

“It’s so important that the history of Australian service and the experiences of the men and women who served in Vietnam are passed on to young Australians.”

“It’s great to see Victorian teachers being supported to educate students about the history of the Vietnam War and our proud service there.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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