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Active citizenship in schools

In school you are also a citizen, as a member of a class and a year level. Being a member of your school you have certain rights and responsibilities. You too can play a part in being an active citizen.

What are some of the opportunities that exist for active citizenship in your school? 

Types of active citizenship in school that you may already know include:

  • Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • Buddy programs
  • Student action teams
  • School leaders/captains

Although not everyone can be a member of the SRC or a school leader, effective class or home group meetings can give all students the opportunity to be active citizens and become involved. Class meetings can have an impact on the wider school by supporting the Student Representative Council (SRC) or other leadership programs.

Visit these websites to see how other schools have helped their students to become active citizens. Could you do something similar at your school?

Citizenship education at Lyneham Primary School

http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/TLSF/theme_b/mod07/uncom07t03.htm

Parliamentary podcasts at Duffy Primary School

http://www.duffyps.act.edu.au/whats_new/parliament_podcasts

Environmental protection at Killlara Primary School

http://www.globaleducation.edna.edu.au/globaled/go/pid/2739

Tackling climate change at Christies Beach High School

http://www.sustainableschools.sa.edu.au/resources/files/pages/case%20studies/school%20stories/
SchoolCaseStudy_ChristiesB.pdf

Student action teams

You could form a student action team, which is a group of students who work on a community issue that inspires them to make a difference. As a team you work together to identify what needs to be changed, develop a plan and undertake action to achieve this change.

Visit these websites to see how student action teams have made a difference in their community.

Student action team stories – community safety in Melton

http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=674#e1060

SALT program at Auburn South Primary School

http://www.auburnsthps.vic.edu.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=8&Itemid=69

Opportunities to get involved and communicate with other students

You could participate in online forums or communities that raise awareness and organise campaigns about issues. Many attempt to bring about positive change. Visit these sites to explore further.

Student virtual parliament - Australia

http://studentparliament.net/aust.php

Red Cross Y Challenge

http://www.redcross.org.au/ourservices_acrossaustralia_youtheducation_programs_Ychallenge.htm

Taking IT Global

http://www.tigweb.org/

ruMAD?

http://www.rumad.org.au/

Teach Act Global – Student network

http://www.teachactglobal.org/page/what-is-the-student-network

UNICEF – student clubs

http://www.unicef.org.au/Discover/Students-and-Clubs.aspx

UNICEF – Voices of youth blog

http://blog.voicesofyouth.org/

International Debate Education Association

http://www.idebate.org/about/index.php

National Schools constitutional convention

http://www.curriculum.edu.au/cce/national_schools_constitutional_convention,8980.html

Resources

Look through these resources for ideas that might inspire you to become an active citizen:

Australian Government - Civics and Citizenship website

http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/

Citizenship in a school context: Victorian Student Representative Council

http://www.vicsrc.org.au/news/

Student Action Team Manual

https://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/curricman/middleyear/StudentActionTeamsManual2003.pdf

Second Strike: Training for SRCs

http://www.second-strike.com/

Youth Central

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/