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The Big Issue Classroom

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 $27 million by selling The Big Issue in the past 22 years. More than 100,000 students have taken part in The Big Issue Classroom, which launched in Canberra in 2017. Include a workshop in your Parliament and Civics tours to help your students ask the big questions in our nation’s capital.


> 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 HomelessnessTailored 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.