Community values in Australia are under-appreciated.
Day after day we wake up to headlines regarding racism, the refugee crisis and isolated instances of radicalisation of our youth. But people are disengaging. Informal and donkey votes go up at each election. If we don’t develop a more informed voter this will get worse.
To ensure that Australians don’t take their democracy for granted CEFA is establishing the Australian Constitution Centre at the High Court of Australia, Canberra.
The educational Australian Constitution Centre will include a major exhibit to be built in Canberra. This will be complemented by a Virtual Australian Constitution Centre that will beam into every Australian classroom and incorporate a key stakeholder library.
The Australian Constitution Centre is much more than a museum. It is a national educational initiative. Quality education is a process, incorporating best pedagogical practice with dynamic content, utilising innovative delivery methods.
The Australian Constitution Centre will target three key audiences:
- Primary and secondary schools
- Undergraduates and first time voters
- The general public
In its first five years the Australian Constitution Centre is expected to result in measurable improvements in Australian’s attitudes towards our democracy.
The educational Australian Constitution Centre will become as iconic as the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, USA. In 20 years time we will look back and wonder why it wasn’t set up earlier.