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Civics for Young Australians

Civics Education is one of the Whitlam Institute’s key focuses. It runs programs run for primary and secondary school students, inspiring Australian young people to think big and take action on what matters to them. The programs get young people excited about the importance of creativity, personal values and leadership, and the role of government, political & civic engagement.

 
 

Civics Education at the Whitlam Institute inspires young people to think critically, and to take action on the things that matter to them. 

Our programs get young people excited about the power of big ideas and creativity, the importance of personal values and leadership, and the role of government, political and civic engagement.

 
 
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How to Think Big

Primary School Program

What’s the most important issue facing Australia today? What would your own personal political slogan say?

How to Think Big is an invitation for young people to reflect and consider the type of world they would like to inhabit. A creative and interactive workshop that empowers students to use their voice in a democracy.

Activating student voice ties in well with learning across the curriculum syllabus areas of civics and citizenship, difference and diversity and critical and creative thinking

Students can also learn about an important and tumultuous period in Australian political history through our museum exhibition A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam.

 

This workshop can be run full or part day . Please contact us for pricing and group numbers on  (02) 9685 9210 or email info@whitlam.org.

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How to Make Change

Secondary School Program

It has been said that our civics education workshops combine an “understanding and practice of civic education with the philosophy of positive social change.”

How to Make Change features strong alignment with the Australian and NSW curricula, and can be delivered offsite at schools or here at the Institute. The program includes compelling contemporary examples of civic participation, such as online petitions and global movements like the Women’s March.

The workshop is modular, to allow for varying time allocations and areas of focus that can differ school to school.

Students can also learn about an important and tumultuous period in Australian political history through our museum exhibition A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam.

 

This workshop can be run full or part day. Please contact us for pricing and group numbers on  (02) 9685 9210 or email info@whitlam.org.

The What Matters? competition attracts thousands of entries from all over NSW, the ACT and Tasmania, empowering young people to think and to write about the things that really matter to them.

Inviting entries from students in years 5 - 12, each year’s What Matters?  entries are thoughtful and passionate. Spanning essays, poetry and prose, they cover an incredible range of themes.

By giving young people this chance to express their ideas about society and their world, we are delighted to see that they consistently produce extraordinary results. 

Encourage your students to enter the What Matters? competition next year, to find out what it is that they are really passionate about. You might be surprised.

 

Read our winning entries for 2018, and register your interest for next year here →


Feedback on the Whitlam Institute's Civics Education Programs

 
It fills the educational gap that is not covered in the curriculum.
 
This is the best platform to give children a voice, at school we are so busy with curriculum and we can never have discussion like this, to explore what matters to children, it is good for their wellbeing and they feel that they are important and they are being heard.
 
…a perfect start for encouraging students to start thinking about issues in their lives and communities and what they can do about it.
 
I loved everything, the protest, what matters? Activity, the building, location, the exhibition centre, hands on activities, that’s how our students learn.