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G5: Working towards peace

Looking at things from different points of view

People often have different opinions on issues in the news. This can sometimes cause conflict. 

For example, an issue that has been causing conflict in many countries is the issue of Muslim women wearing head coverings.

Here are some differing opinions from young people in Australia

BONNIE :

01 Oct 2015 12:40:08am

I think they should be able to wear whatever they want. But on the other hand, business owners have rules also. If these women feel the need to cover their heads and face then DON'T go in a business that CLEARLY states that YOU MUST REMOVE ALL HEAD COVERING and expect them to change things for YOU!!!!

SMKW :

17 Oct 2014 12:57:40pm

We are a class who watched the video and had a discussion. Some families at our school are Muslim and the women wear hijab. We think women should have the choice to wear whatever they like. People should be able to express themselves and their religious beliefs.

ALANA, JORDI MAY, JOSH AND DOM :

24 Oct 2014 12:32:37pm

We think that for security reasons Burkas and Niqabs should be banned in public places. In their country, we have to stick to their rules and religions but in our country they are free to do as they please. However, we think Hijabs are fine as they show the whole face, only covering the hair and neck.

PRIS :

16 Oct 2014 3:58:07pm

I don't think the Muslim women should be banned from wearing Burka in public places because they are just respecting their own religion and I personally think that it's really not a nice way to judge people by what wear and how they look.

JESS :

22 Oct 2014 10:05:03am

i think they can wear them but will have to take them off when in a important place and places were they have have ID

XBOXGAMERZ :

24 Nov 2014 9:40:33am

It hides identity and criminal records so ban the burka

 

Read more comments and watch the video here.  What do you think? Is watching one video enough to help you make your mind up or do you need more information to have a sound opinion of your own?

Learn more from Primary Sources

Primary sources are first hand accounts - so, ask someone.

Look at diaries, photographs, letters, or newspaper accounts

Examples:

First hand accounts. You could interview someone about the subject. You could look for oral histories on websites like these:

Oral histories (Singapore) - British Library - Sounds project

Read newspapers online at PressReader - look at the Letters to the Editor or Editorials in different countries to find different opinions. Look in kids sections to see young people's opinions

Learn more from Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are the retelling by someone other than the person who was involved (they are the primary source). Secondary sources may have pictures and quotes from primary sources in them.

Look in non-fiction books, magazines and encyclopedias

Examples:

Look up background information in Encyclopedia Britannica
If you are at home you may need a password - you can find them here

Look up information in a newspaper. First News is a newspaper for young people.

Watch the television news. BTN is a news channel for kids. As well as current events, you can search for archived topics.

Search the library catalog for a non-fiction book about your topic. Remember to make sure that book has the most up-to-date information

Join the National Library to access lots of great resources

We are fortunate to have an amazing National Library in Singapore with fantastic books as well as online   resources.

 You should become a member, but, if you are not come to our library, or email us with whatever topic you would like help with.

We will look at EBSCO Primary Search , as well as other resources, and find you magazine and newspaper articles suitable for your age group