In 2015, for the first time, the Museum of Australian democracy at Old Parliament House is partnering with the Whitlam Institute to ask year 5-12 students in the ACT and NSW ‘What matters?’
What matters? is a writing competition all about what matters to students in society today. Students are invited to express their opinions on any thing that matters to them, whether it should be celebrated or condemned, in 400-600 words.
The Museum of Australian Democracy celebrates the contribution that the voice of the Australian people makes to our society. From voting and protesting, to campaigning and governing; a democracy is created by the free expression of opinion in society as people use their power to make decisions regarding their leadership and lives.
The What Matters? competition is a unique platform for young people to express their opinions and thoughts. Last year’s winning entry left me literally speechless as a young women discussed an issue of gender inequality and a culture of silence and fear. Another entry from a student in year 7/8 was submitted anonymously, as a young person described their story of child abuse.
I am constantly blown away by the perception and abilities of students that come through our school learning programs at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Young people have an important part to play in our country. They are not just the voice of the future; they have much to say right now. I can’t wait to see what this year’s entries hold.
The What Matters? writing competition will close on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Students can enter as part of their school or independently.