With the Australian school year back in full swing and the world’s best cricketers about to take centre stage when the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 starts on Friday 21 February, students have the opportunity to be inspired by the stories of leading women through a free, classroom-based schools program.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program has developed a learning unit showcasing inspirational women and girls who have achieved great things in a range of fields, with the aim of educating girls and boys about gender equality.
Teachers across Australia’s more than 9,000 schools can access learning materials here.
More than 800 schools have already registered for the teacher-led program for 5-16-year-olds, which launched in the second half of last year and complements Australian Cricket’s existing suite of schools offerings.
The program goes beyond putting bats and balls in hands of kids. It gives teachers access to Australian Curriculum-aligned materials that cover themes identified in the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework.
The ‘Inspiring Women and Girls’ curriculum unit allows students to explore trailblazing women throughout history, showing what it means to affect change and make a difference. Women featured in the program include:
- Michelle Obama – Former First Lady of the United States
- Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Prize winner
- Mel Thomas – CEO and Founder, KYUP! Project
- Bronnie Mackintosh – Firefighter
- Kath Koschel – Founder, The Kindness Factory
- Dr Katrina Warren – Veterinarian
- Elyse Villani – Australian Cricketer
- Layne Beachley – World Surfing Champion
- Dr Mae Jemison – NASA Astronaut
- Jane McGrath – Founder, the McGrath Foundation
In addition to showcasing the world’s best cricketers, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will be a celebration of equality and inclusion with leading women confirmed as attending, including sporting icon Billie Jean King, global business leader Indra Nooyi, and of course pop superstar Katy Perry, who will perform at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final on Sunday 8 March.
Teachers can also access units on personal and community wellbeing, while the ‘Build your own T20 World Cup’ module is set to launch later in 2020, and will teach students about the history, geography and culture of the competing nations.
ICC Women’s T20WC: Dan Christian visits Melbourne students
Last week, as part of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, the trophy stopped off at Hawthorn West Primary School in Melbourne where international cricketer and schools program ambassador Dan Christian, who played in the T20 World Cup in 2014, met students.
“It is very special to have a global cricket event, the T20 World Cup, being played in Australia and also to see the event being used to educate and inspire kids right across the country,” said Christian.
“This is a great opportunity for teachers and students to benefit from a fantastic program and be part of what should be an incredible year for cricket and sport in Australia.”
Australian cricketer Elyse Villani, herself a teacher and an ambassador for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program, said:
“I’m proud to be an ambassador for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program. As a teacher myself, it’s brilliant that kids around the country will have the opportunity to learn, whilst at the same time celebrate that Australia will host two World Cups.
“I’m particularly excited the students will learn about inspirational women and girls, as the T20 World Cup aims to set a new benchmark for women’s sport.”
About the ICC T20 World Cup Schools Program
The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Schools Program has been designed in conjunction with Cricket Australia and Kimberlin Education to engage and inspire teachers, students and families across Australia. The ICC T20 World Cup will be a spectacular celebration and for the first time, the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups will be held as standalone events in the same country and in the same year.
Written by qualified educators in line with Australian curriculum, units have been developed from learning areas such as Health and Physical Education, English, The Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.
The program aims to:
- Enhance students understanding of their wellbeing
- Encourage students to contribute to their community’s wellbeing
- Promote a holistic view of cricket, beyond sport
- Develop creativity, collaboration and enterprise skills
Through registering for the program, schools can attend matches via the schools ticketing program. Limited tickets remain and are subject to availability. To register and find out more information, visit: schools.t20worldcup.com.
About the ICC T20 World Cup 2020:
More than one million fans are expected to attend the global showpiece event for cricket’s fastest-growing format, to be played in Australia for the first time. In another first, ICC T20 World Cup will be played as two standalone events in the same country, in the same year.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will see the 10 best teams competing from 21 February – 8 March 2020. Later in the year, 16 teams will contest the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18 October – 15 November 2020. Tickets for both events are now on sale at t20worldcup.com.
The women’s event will feature action-packed festivals of cricket, firstly in Perth, then Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, with five group matches to be played in each city. Blockbuster double-header semi-finals at the iconic SCG, featuring the four best teams in action on the one day, will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will culminate in a final at the world’s largest cricket stadium, the MCG, presenting an opportunity to set a new world record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture. The current record stands at 90,185, set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena. Global pop superstar Katy Perry will perform exclusively at the final during both the pre-game show and the post-match celebration.