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AASW QLD & Griffith University World Social Work Day 2021

Event Details
Date: 16 Mar 2021
Time: 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
State: Queensland
CPD hrs: 2.5

This is a free event

Organiser: AASW Qld / Griffith University

07 2101 4629

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Registrations open!
** Due to the event and COVID Safe Planning, please note there will be a strict cap on registration numbers.

World Social Work Day 2021

Ubuntu - I Am Because We Are - Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness

´Ubuntu´ originates from the indigenous peoples of South Africa and was popularized across the world by Nelson Mandela. Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a word, concept and philosophy that resonates with the social work perspective of the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments. It speaks to the need for global solidarity and also highlights indigenous knowledge and wisdom.

Silvana Martinez, IFSW President commented:
The theme comes from extensive consultation within IFSW and beyond. At a time when global politics has retreated into nationalism, Ubuntu is a powerful message on the need for solidarity at all levels: within communities, societies and globally. It is a message that all people are interconnected and that our future is dependent on recognizing all peoples involvement in co-building a sustainable, fair and socially just future. IFSW invites all social workers, partner organizations and people who care about the future to co-brand the poster. Together we can change world for this and future generations.

Join the Griffith University School of Human Services and Social Work and the Australian Association of Social Workers, Queensland Branch, for a night of sharing and, the making of magical music, bringing the spirit of togetherness, solidarity and connectedness between all humanity..

The evening will begin with a networking function with light canapes and a cash bar will also be available.

Venue: The Ship Inn, Southbank Parklands, Stanley St & Sidon St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

When: Tuesday 16 March 2021

6.00 – 6.30pm - Registration, Social Function – Drinks & Networking

6.30 - 6. 45pm - Acknowledgement of Country - Stephen Corporal and Welcome - Jenny Bond & Yasmin Dunn

6.45 - 7.00pm - Social Work Students will share with you what the theme of 'Ubuntu - I Am Because We Are' means to them. - Veronica Kimaru (MSW Student) and Godspower Chikwendu (BSW Student)

7.00 - 7.30pm and 7.30 - 8.00pm - Divide into 2 groups - This part of the evening will be broken up into 2 sessions, with half the group attending a musical experience with Drum Pulse and the other half joining a collaborative songwriting storytelling circle for the first session and then swapping over for the second session and join together at the end to celebrate Ubuntu together as a whole group.

8.00 - 8.15pm - Wrap up of the musical sessions and presentation of the collaborative songwriting storytelling circles.

8.15 - 8.30pm - Finish and farewells

Drum Pulse

It’s all about the rhythm.

The first thing we ever hear is the pulsating rhythm of our mother’s heart and breathing. Rhythm is innate in us all. It exists in the vibration of atoms, the cycles of the seasons, the rise and ebb of the tides, the ticking of clocks, the orbit of the earth. There is no part of creation that is without rhythm!

Talking Circle: Collaborative Songwriting, Storytelling facilitated by Naomi Sunderland and Kristy Apps

Noami and Kristy will run a collaborative songwriting storytelling with each group and write a song on Ubuntu - it will be a real sense bound storytelling experience of:

  • what does it feel like to experience Ubuntu?
  • What are your stories of experiencing Ubuntu?
  • What does it feel like when Ubuntu isn't on offer?

When the groups reunite, the songs from each group can be sung as one.

Attending the event

We are working to ensure our event is as safe as possible for guests to enjoy.

  • We request that if you have any symptoms of illness (similar to COVID-19), that you please stay at home.
  • Likewise if while attending the event, you begin to experience symptoms of illness (similar to COVID-19), we ask you to leave the event immediately.
  • If you have arrived in Australia within 14 days prior to the event, you will not be able to attend.
  • The Ship Inn has a COVID Safe Plan - you will also be required to check in upon registration. The Association and Griffith University follow the state guidelines in regards to public gatherings.
  • Please continue to practise hand and respiratory hygiene.

Registrations open!
** Due to the event and COVID Safe Planning, please note there will be a strict cap on registration numbers.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers