Civics in the City Grants
In 2024, Civics and Citizenship education will be brought to life once more via this opportunity for South Australian regional school students to visit Parliament House and be taken on a tailored tour designed to meet the age, needs and interests of the student group attending.
The tour includes an opportunity for students to spend time in the upper and lower houses of Parliament where the 47 elected representatives of South Australia’s House of Assembly and 22 elected representatives of its Legislative Assembly gather to propose, debate, and pass legislation relevant to all South Australians.
The excursion to Parliament House empowers students through a deeper understanding of how they as individual citizens can play an active role in shaping their own communities. It provides information on how state, local, and federal tiers of government intersect, as well as how South Australia’s parliamentary traditions and processes work.
Tours include the opportunity for students to conduct a parliamentary style debate (on non-sitting days) with students encouraged to present on issues that matter to them most. Short talks by SA Parliament staff who have expert knowledge of parliamentary processes also feature.
While in Adelaide school groups can also arrange complementary excursions to institutions relevant to civics and citizenship and educational topics such as Government House, The Centre of Democracy, Migration Museum and State Library. For more information see:
“All South Australian school students should have an opportunity to visit SA Parliament House no matter where they live. Visiting Parliament and other civic institutions helps young people find out about South Australia’s history and the uniquely Australian democratic system of which they are a part. Nothing could more effective in helping young people understand what it means to be an active citizen in their own community.”
Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People