What is ChildFund Connect?
ChildFund Connect was a global education program for children in their last years of primary school in Australia, Laos, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The program's objective was to provide children around the world with an opportunity to connect and learn from each other.
Using a variety of multimedia tools, with a central website acting as a hub for all communications and child-created content, the program facilitated cross-country exchanges and collaborative education projects.
By creating these communication links, children learnt about the lives of their peers in different parts of the world. They were supported to ask their own questions, form their own ideas and plan their film-based projects with their overseas groups. This enquiry-led learning process allowed children to explore each other's lives and develop a sense of global awareness and personal connection with children in another country.
The ChildFund Connect program ran from 2010 to 2014 and was supported by the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Program and ChildFund Australia.
How can teachers use this website?
There are a range of options for classroom teachers to make the most of the multi-media resources on this website. Please visit our Teachers page to learn more.
If you are a parent or student, you can also watch the films created by children involved in the program and register to play the ChildFund Connect game.
ChildFund Connect has developed a specific curriculum resource, 'Cultural Connections, which links media and cultural learning activities to the Australian Curriculum. This curriculum resource provides a practical context for engaging students in all intercultural and global learning. For more information, please view and download our curriculum resource here.
Thousands of children were involved each year across Australia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. They all had the opportunity to teach and learn from each through the creation and exchange of photo stories, films and other media content. This website is showcase of their creativity, media skills and teamwork.