A 2014 Lowy Institute poll found only 60% of Australians believe that ‘democracy is preferable to any other kind of government’and only 42% of 18-29 year-olds in 2014 see democracy as preferable to any other kind of government.
Declining knowledge, engagement and interest in most areas of democracy highlights it is a national imperative to deliver Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE) into every classroom in Australia. Our Australian way of life is threatened if our youth are not encouraged to be active and engaged citizens and members of our community.
CEFA’s mission is to deliver measurable improvements in Australians’knowledge, understanding of attitudes towards, and engagement with the history and operation of our Australian Constitution and the system of government that operates under it and our civic heritage more generally. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is collaborating with CEFA to provide evidence-based measurement reports for the expected individual student improvements. As CEFA projects are implemented there is no doubt we will see improvements in attitudes towards the Australian democracy.
How can you support CEFA’s vital work in Australian schools?
CEFA Parliaments in Schools are creating a new generation of active and informed citizens as a multi-dimensional civics and citizenship initiative. The CEFA Parliaments in Schools program gives students an opportunity to run elections and parliaments in their schools, class or group. Students take on the roles of parliamentarians, advisers, parliamentary officers, committee members, researchers, journalists and cartoonists. Students write their own bills, debate the issues and implement legislation.
Offered to both primary schools and secondary schools across Australia, CEFA Parliaments in Schools empower students to become knowledgeable, responsible, engaged and active citizens.
The CEFA dedicated online CCE resource forum yaba.edu.au is fully authorised by all government education authorities. A contemporary film-based teaching and learning resource Yaba brings active civics and citizenship to life.
To become a mentor for a CEFA Parliament in the school of your choice register with us on the form overleaf. Each school parliament can be supported by individual sponsors, parent groups, local business and school fundraisers. For each school we need to raise a total of $2,000 to ensure teacher training, resource support, school visits and CEFA implementation of a school parliament for a one year period. All donations are tax-deductible. CEFA will be shortly announcing an exciting prize program for schools implementing a parliament in 2015.
For further information regarding a parliament in the school of your choice call Janet Doyle, Schools Director, CEFA on 1800 009 855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.