Civics for Young Australians - Our school excursion educational 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.
"I was so interested to learn that people’s opinions can change drastically after listening to other people’s arguments."
YEAR 10 STUDENT, STRATHFIELD
HOW TO THINK BIG
FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
What would you change if you were Prime Minister? What do you think adults need to hear?
How to Think Big is an invitation for young people to reflect and consider the type of world they would like to inhabit. This is a creative and interactive workshop that empowers students to use their voice and to understand how individuals can participate in Australian 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 work through a range of inclusive, engaging activities to learn about citizenship and consider how they can participate in positive social change.
How to Think Big 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 most interesting thing that I have learnt was that how I can make change and a big difference in life when I grow up."
YEAR 5 STUDENT, GREENACRE
HOW TO MAKE CHANGE
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
In a complex, rapidly changing world, young people need empowerment to take their place in democratic society, and confidence to understand how they can change their world.
Our civics education workshops combine an understanding and practice of civic education with the philosophy of positive social change.
In this engaging workshop, students reflect on what makes a good leader, how to employ different styles of political communication and advocacy, and discover what democracy and citizenship means for them.
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 Whitlam Institute’s civics workshops combine a unique understanding and practice of civics education with the philosophy of positive social change."
PROFESSOR MURRAY PRINT, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Both workshops are modular, to allow for varying time allocations and areas of focus that can differ school to school.
Onsite workshops also cover an important and tumultuous period in Australian political history through our museum exhibition A Changing Australia: The Time of Gough Whitlam.
The Whitlam Institute is housed in the historic Female Orphan School. Onsite workshops include a tour and history of the building. The oldest three-storey building in the country, it is one of the very few surviving public buildings dating from the early colonial period.
The building stands on the traditional lands of the Darug people, the traditional owners of the Western Sydney area who maintain their deep connection to the land.