Senior students from our school were given the opportunity to be involved in a a videoconference linkup with Gungahlin College, in Canberra. This was Election Youth Forum was organised by Gungahlin College in conjunction with Electroboard (See Share Shape)and Community CPS Australia on Friday 31st May 1:20 – 2:45pm. Seven schools across Australia joined students from the ACT in questioning federal politicians and experts on youth issues in the lead up to the 2013 federal election. Members from the three major parties were open to questions from students in the theatre audience and schools who join in via the video conference. The forum was hosted by respected Australian journalist, James Grubel, Senior Political Correspondent from Reuters. Polycom videoconferencing equipment was used to link students from across Australia. Seven schools were videoconferenced in – a mix of states, a mix of government, International and private schools. A twitter hashtag $gcf2013 gave every student the opportunity to share their voice.
Georgia’s question was chosen to be one of those asked of the panel:-
What will you do to help with the costs for rural students of moving away from home to attend higher education in the city.
Questions ranged from lowering of the voting age, youth suicide, illegal immigrants, legalization of gay marriages, costs for rural students of moving to the city for tertiary education, racism, sexism etc. The twitter feed allowed all students and other interested community members to have a voice.
Well done to our students for their maturity shown and involvement. Thanks also to Mrs Van Englen, Mr Poynton and Mrs Butters for helping collate a list of student questions.