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Equity For All Ages

To practice fairness and inclusion, we recognize that sometimes what others need to be successful is different than what we need.

Imagine an 80-year old grandmother, a 30-year old Tradie, a 12-year old, and a 2-year old are all eating dinner together. They are having ham sandwiches and each one is hungry. How many ham sandwiches do you think each one will eat to satisfy their hunger? Do they all have the same amount? Is it fair if they don’t have the same? Is it equitable?

Draw or visualise the scene, the characters around a dinner table with their plates and ham sandwiches. Recognise, the different amounts they each eat, even if they are eating different amounts (maybe in different ways), that it’s fair because it’s exactly what each one needs.

Try, replacing “That’s not fair” thinking or language with “I-statements” – that is: how you feel about the situation that you think might not be fair. Think about whether something is truly “unfair” or if it just seems that way because you maybe haven’t considered if it’s actually equitable (like the ham sandwich example).


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