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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 such as homelessness and disadvantage. It is run by Australia’s leading social enterprise, The Big Issue, best-known for The Big Issue magazine. Vendors experiencing homelessness and disadvantage have earned more than $31 million selling The Big Issue in the past 25 years.
More than 135,000 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.
- 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.
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. Every workshop booked provides a paid work opportunity to a guest speaker experiencing disadvantage.
Find further information and details about other workshops at thebigissue.org.au.
WORKSHOP COSTS $320 + GST
Please note a 10% discount applies for bookings of three or more sessions.