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Resources for the social justice hero's journey

Michele Frankeni  |  17 June 2020

Content warning: Students may have direct experience, or know someone who has direct experience, of some of the topics or injustices talked about in the game. Teachers should raise this with the class before they start the game, and note that students are free to take a break at any point during the game, and to talk to a trusted adult about any feelings that might arise.

Further ideas for the knowledge, experience, reflection and activity sections of the Social Justice Hero's Journey.


 The top five countries of origin of refugees worldwide are Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar. The fifth country is?

  1. France
  2. South Africa
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Somalia

Most people seeking asylum in Australia arrive by boat?

  1. True
  2. False

The United Nations was formed after?

  1. The Vietnam War
  2. World War II
  3. World War I
  4. The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The number of people in the world in 2015 who lived below the international poverty line of A$2.80 (US$1.90) were?

  1. 736 million
  2. 637 million
  3. 73 million
  4. 6763 million

Two-thirds of undernourished people worldwide live in two regions. They are?

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East
  3. Southern Asia and Latin America
  4. Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

A program to eradicate polio worldwide was established in 1988. Since then polio cases have decreased by more than?

  1. 80%
  2. 90%
  3. 99%
  4. 85%

The largest percentage of the global population lives in Asia. That percentage is?

  1. 61%
  2. 55%
  3. 72%
  4. 64%

The percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced racial prejudice in the past 12 months has slightly reduced across many different settings. A notable improvement has occurred in interactions with police. The percentage is?

  1. 29%
  2. 35%
  3. 12%
  4. 16%

While accounting for about 2% of the Australian population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners account for what percentage of the Australian prisoner population?

  1. 28%
  2. 1%
  3. 10%
  4. 6%


Answers: 1 (d) – Somalia. 2(b) – 68%. 3(b) – False. Most people seeking asylum arrive by air. 4(b). It was formed in 1945. This year is its 75th anniversary. 5(a) – 736 million. 6(d) – Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 7(c) – 99%. 8(a) ­– 61%. 9(d) –­ 16%, down from 29% in 2016. 10(a) ­– 28%.



  1. If you are a boy, miss a turn. UNICEF figures in 2016 estimated that around 32 million girls of primary school age and 29 million of lower secondary school age are not getting an education. However, that figure has been estimated by some organisations to be around 130 million girls.
  2. If you have blue eyes, miss a turn. People around the world are being discriminated against because of inherent traits they cannot change, such as the colour of their skin, or because of a disability.
  3. Have a plate of fruit, cake, lollies or other treats in the middle of the game. If you throw a two or five, take a lollie or treat, while the others miss out. 821 million people – more than one in nine of the world’s population – do not get enough to eat.
  4. You are required to work to help support the family and cannot go to school. You must throw a one or six before you can hand over the dice to the next person.
  5. You have been sent to jail. You must wait three turns before you can play again.
  6. You are homeless. You cannot proceed unless someone forfeits their turn for you.
  7. If you throw a four you cannot move, but you may give your four to any other player to use, including those stuck in jail or homeless.
  8. Culture card. You cannot take your next turn until you tell the other players five ‘facts’ about another country. This can include at least two words of the language, a typical food, information on population, capital, a traditional custom or dress item, and something you admire about the country. You may like to tell the class something about Australia’s First Nations peoples and their country.
  9. You’ve been forced to flee your home due to war and are now making your way to a refugee camp. Roll a dice and move that many spaces backwards. You are now in a refugee camp. Stay in that spot until you can roll a one or six. 
  10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must overcome greater challenges in terms of health and life expectancy, as well as educational and employment opportunities. For your next two rolls, deduct three from the total (e.g. if you roll a three, move zero places; if you roll a two, move backwards one place). 
  11. Even small things have an impact on our planet. Don’t take another turn in the game until you can do something in your home/classroom for the good of the planet (e.g. turning off a power point, moving something to the recycling bin). 
  12. Before your next turn, find some items in your home or classroom that could be used to create a shelter if you became homeless.
  13. You’ve got $15 left from your Newstart allowance. You still need to put money on your phone, purchase lunch and dinner, and get a bus fare home. Before your next turn, jot down a budget for the rest of the day on that $15. 
  14. Your farming community has been suffering through drought and now there’s a bushfire on the horizon. Roll the dice to see if your home will be safe – if it comes up with an even number you will be OK. If you roll an odd number, return to the start of the ‘Experience’ section of the game. 



  1. Why is an education important? What would you miss if you couldn’t go to school? Why do you think girls are often not sent to school?
  2. Why do we need to eat? How does hunger affect people’s concentration at work or school? How do you feel when you’re hungry? Can you imagine how you would feel if you didn’t know when you would have your next meal?
  3. Who is likely to want to seek asylum in Australia? What motivates them to leave their own country? What would make you want to leave Australia?
  4. What would it be like if you had to go to school in a new country where you weren't sure of the language or customs?
  5. The Black Lives Matter issue in the United States is also being debated in other countries, including Australia. What are some of the issues facing Australia’s First Nations peoples?
  6. How much do you know about Australia's First Nations peoples and their culture? How much do you know about the interactions between those who came from England and Europe to settle in Australia and the First Nations peoples. Why do Australia's First Peoples think it's inappropriate to celebrate Australia Day on the arrival of the First Fleet?
  7. Homelessness can occur for a number of reasons. How do you wash, sleep, study if you don't have a home?
  8. How do you take care of the environment? What do you do to ensure you live in harmony with nature?
  9. Changes to climate will affect nations and peoples in different ways, but the poor are expected to most affect by severe changes to the weather. What are some of those effects? And, why will the poor be the most disadvantaged?
  10. What could be some of the challenges women in developing countries face? What are the challenges for women in Australia and other Western societies?



  1. Grow a garden. Consider how you might go about developing a vegetable garden at school or home. Share your plan before taking your next turn. If you can’t think of a plan, you must miss a turn. 
  2. Think of three things you class could do to have an immediate impact on the environment – e.g. ways of saving energy, promoting recycling or using resources more sustainably. Share them before taking your next turn. 
  3. Consider how your class can help preserve the habitats of native animals in your area. Think of one local area where native animals live that you might investigate and share it before taking your next turn.
  4. What if you started a can or food drive? Think of one group in your area that needs support, and an organisation that you might contact to help them. Share your thoughts before taking your next turn. 
  5. Think about ‘pay it forward’ opportunities in your neighbourhood. Are there cafes or restaurants where you can pay for an extra coffee or meal so someone else can eat? Before your next turn, name a place that you could approach about setting up this sort of initiative. 
  6. The Jesuit Refugee Service is one of the organisations that offer a program where refugees can talk about their experience. Think of three questions you would ask if a refugee came to your school. Share them before taking your next turn. 
  7. Refugees often have a difficult time adjusting to the community when they arrive. Think of a resource your class could develop to help refugees find their way around their new home when they arrive in Australia. Share your idea before taking your next turn. 
  8. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation is an ongoing process. Your class may have an acknowledgement of country that you use, if not, look one up. Before your next turn, recite the acknowledgement of country. If you can’t find it, you must miss two turns. 

Image: WA Coastline - Getty


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