National Activities Archive

As part of the Discovering Democracy program a number of national activities took place between 1998 and 2004 to complement and support the goals of civics and citizenship education.

Civics and Citizenship Education National Forum

Celebrating Democracy Week

Celebrating Democracy Week saw schools throughout Australia celebrate Australia's democracy through a range of activities supported by funding from the Australian government. The feature event of Celebrating Democracy Week was Every Voice Counts!, a three-day forum held in Canberra and attended by a number of selected students from around Australia. The forum saw students discuss a number of issues related to politics, society and the environment.

Each year Celebrating Democracy Week focussed on a particular theme:

Schools Celebrate Democracy

 Read about how some schools marked Celebrating Democracy Week:

Arthur’s Creek Primary School, Vic: Establishing an Effective Junior School Council

During Celebrating Democracy Week, Arthur’s Creek Primary School developed a new set of processes for electing a Junior School Council. Read more.

Boorowa Central School, NSW: Anzac Club

Boorowa Central School’s Anzac Club used the opportunity provided by Celebrating Democracy Week to add to their collection of interviews of ex-servicemen and women. Read more.

Florey Primary School, ACT: Information Literacy in SOSE

Florey Primary School looked at civics and citizenship education in a historical context and used an information literacy research focus to research the role of the citizen in ancient societies. Read more.

Kildare College, SA: Discovering Democracy Quiz

Kildare College chose a special activity for Celebrating Democracy Week – a whole school quiz which went for a week. Read more.

Rosetta Primary School, Tas: United Nations Assembly

Rosetta Primary School held a model United Nations Assembly. This was the culmination of five weeks’ work investigating the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the effectiveness of the work of the United Nations. The project was undertaken by 52 year 5 students. Read more.

Sutton Public School, NSW: The ‘Fair Dinkum’ Values Project

Sutton Public School made a movie of the many facets of the ‘Fair Dinkum’ Values Project. This project grew out of the school’s ongoing involvement in the Discovering Democracy program. Read more.