The Round Square definition of Democracy contains an understanding of equality, fairness, justice and a desire to do what is right for the greater good. Freedom of thought and speech are valued and the appropriate forums and channels of communication are explored.
Knowledge of civil rights and the ability to understand how society works on both a small and a large scale from your town to the nation and internationally, enables participation and action and builds capacity to make a difference.
An understanding of the importance of active democratic participation and the power of collective decision making is supported by a strong sense of self-discipline and personal responsibility.
Many schools across the nation take their Year 6 cohort to Canberra like a rite of passage, to the primary institutions that support the curriculum they study that year. Visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the National Film and Archives and National Museum have experienced guides, displays and programs that are based on a Year 6 child’s understanding of Democracy and Australian history.
The outcome for the week is to build on this knowledge as the first step into the broader IDEALS program that is embedded in Middle and Senior Schools.