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The Big Issue Classroom

The Big Issue eClassroom

Live video-conferencing workshops that explore homelessness and disadvantage in Australia, including a personal story from one of our guest speakers.  Mapped to Civics and Citizenship across the Australian Curriculum.

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The  Big Issue Classroom is a chance for school groups to gain first-hand insights into social issues. It is run by Australia’s leading social enterprise, The Big Issue, best-known for The Big Issue magazine. Homeless and disadvantaged vendors have earned more than $30 million selling The Big Issue in the past 23 years.

More than 150,000 students have taken part in The Big Issue Classroom, which launched in Canberra in 2017. Include a workshop in a Civics and Citizenship tour to help students ask the big questions in our nation’s capital.  

Students will:

  • Participate in activities that spark discussion about fairness and diversity, needs and wants, happiness and wellbeing.
  • Be inspired by the story of someone who has faced disadvantage.
  • Discuss the importance of living in a supportive and connected community.
  • Break down stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
  • Explore issues around social justice and sustainability.
  • Be encouraged to take positive action in their own lives and communities.


Program Information
Workshops run for one hour and are held at a central location in Canberra. The content of each workshop has been developed to meet the needs of different year groups: 

* Finding Belonging: Explorations of Disadvantage and Homelessness Tailored for Years 5 and 6.

* Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage Tailored for Years 7 to 12.

Workshops contain links to the Australian Curriculum and are supported by resource materials which are made available to teachers after the session. 

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