Preserving the spirit of democracy for young Victorians
Students with a keen interest in civics and citizenship education may request the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and critical thinking through an immersive study tour ashore, courtesy of the Victorian government.
Education Minister James Merlino today announced that applications are now open for 2021-2022 Prime Minister’s Spirit of Democracy, with students who manage to gain insight into how ancient Greece helped shape modern Australian democracy through a five-day study trip to Melbourne and Canberra.
The Prime Minister’s Spirit of Democracy program gives students a deeper understanding of democracy through immersive learning experiences, where they can learn from the works of classical thinkers like Plato and Aristotle as well as modern expressions of civic engagement. .
The study tour will take place from April 10-14, 2022 and is open to all high school students currently in Grades 9, 10 and 11 of public, Catholic and independent schools – with 22 students and four chaperone teachers to be selected.
Students will be encouraged to form their own perspective on contemporary democratic systems and what they mean to young Australians, to collaborate with like-minded peers, and to acquire the skills and understanding to use their voice. and help shape the future.
The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program has strong links with the Victorian Foundation’s learning outcomes at Grade 10 and upper secondary school curricula.
To participate, students must submit an application in the form of an essay, short story, audio or video presentation, musical composition or work of art, as well as a declaration of ‘intention with any entry without trying.
Applications close on Sunday, November 7, 2021. To participate, visit go.vic.gov.au/36jjQZ.
As stated by Education Minister James Merlino
“The Prime Minister’s democratic spirit is a fantastic opportunity for students to understand how history has shaped our democratic system and values.
“We want students to be challenged to think creatively and critically, and to develop the skills they need to become leaders in order to effect positive change in their communities, now and in the future. “
“I encourage all students interested in civics and citizenship education, history, philosophy or legal studies – as well as anyone interested in developing their leadership skills – to apply for this exciting tour.”