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Victorian students to visit the birthplace of democracy

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Delivering on an election commitment, the Victorian Government is opening applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize, inviting students in years 9, 10 and 11 at government, Catholic and independent schools to apply to participate in a study tour of Greece, to deepen their understanding of civics and citizenship.

Acting Victorian Premier and Education Minister James Merlino announced that applications are now open for the study tour, which offers up to 22 Victorian students the opportunity to travel to Greece as part of a curriculum immersion program.

Students are encouraged to submit a written response about democracy, drawing on the work of classical Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle and explore the role, history and evolution of democracy and how it has shaped Australia and Victoria.

The successful applicants will be selected by a panel and invited to travel to Greece to deepen their learning and broaden their understanding of democracy and citizenship through the international experience.

In September 2019 the government announced a funding boost of $747,000 to promote student participation and engagement in civics and citizenship. As a part of this investment, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is working with academic experts and the VicSRC to build on the teaching of civics in Victorian schools.

Applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize open on Tuesday 22 October 2019 and close on Thursday, 12 December 2019 with successful applicants travelling during Term 1 school holidays, 2020.

Source: Vic Government

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