KidsView Social Justice Conferences
Discussing challenges facing children in developing countries
The Victorian Curriculum challenges students ‘to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibility for that world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.’ (Geography Learning Area). KidsView Conferences and Incursions are the perfect forum for achieving these learning outcomes.
At each conference, students can expect to:
- hear two young leaders from the Philippines share their story of living in poverty through drama, music, images and dance;
- participate in engaging and interactive workshops that encourage students to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’ and consider the complex reality of extreme poverty;
- interact with students from other schools and participate in fun simulations about issues of social justice;
- be challenged to become agents for social change in their own community; and
- be encouraged to share their experience at their own school.
KidsView Conferences provide students with a hands-on learning experience that can be linked to a number of Learning Areas and Capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum. The Conferences are also relevant to concepts that students may later explore in VCE. Links to the curriculum are here
Structure of the Conference
The day begins with a fun activity to divide the group into three distinct groups (those with abundant resources, those with few and those with almost no resources). It springboards an interesting discussion about the distribution of natural resources, the simple lottery of where you are born impacting your wealth. A biased vote of redistributing the worlds resources challenges students to understand the link between wealth, education and power. Each student then adopts a new identity for the day.
Two Filipino representatives have prepared a short dramatic play which shares their life story and the story of children living on the streets of Manila. The play gives insight into what it is like growing up in extreme poverty. It shows the impact poverty has on education, health, jobs and childhood. It shows the difficult decisions that children make when they are vulnerable and living with few options. The ability of our presenters to personalise complex issues into a presentation has a major impact on the audience.
After recess, each student participates in 2 of 4 interactive workshops. The workshops are titled ‘Work, Health, Education and Food’. The students, using their new identities, need to make choices, factoring in their wealth (or lack thereof) position. Each choice has a consequence. There is always great discussion about the widespread consequences of poverty on all aspects of life as the ‘poorest’ participants spiral into debt, hunger, disease, homelessness, unemployment or school non-attendance.
The final session of the day is about using our power to create a just world for all people. The students are encouraged to be grateful for what they have, hopeful of improvement and empowered to be a change maker.
- Primary School conferences are suitable for Years 5 – 6 students.
- Secondary School conferences are suitable for students in Years 7 – 12.
- We suggest a group of 10 – 15 students from each school, accompanied by a teacher.
- Depending on availability, larger groups from individual schools may be accommodated.
- There are a maximum of 100 students per conference.
Details of the Day:
- The conferences run from 9.30 – 2.30, registration is at 9.15
- $15 per student
- Students need to bring morning tea, lunch and a willingness to get involved. All other resources are supplied.
- Payment can be made through cheque or directly into our bank account. Please make your transfer before the conference or bring your cheque on the day. An invoice will be sent via email when you have registered for a conferences
- Clare: email@example.com or 0403 117 923
Venues for Sydney are still being confirmed. If you are interested in hosting a NSW conference, please contact Clare.
Friday 28 April – Essendon, St Bernard’s College (Secondary)