The Big Issue Classroom is partnering with The Victorian Government to offer a free and exciting virtual learning experience with a difference.
The Victorian Government has committed to funding access to The Big Issue eClassroom for state secondary schools during terms 2 and 3. The Big Issue – best known for its fortnightly street magazine – has been hosting Classroom educational workshops with primary and secondary students for more than 10 years.
The Big Issue Classroom is a simple, interactive and age-appropriate way for students to learn about homelessness and disadvantage, and speak with someone who has experienced homelessness first-hand. The online eClassroom has been a longstanding option for schools in remote areas who cannot attend face-to-face workshops, and is now an alternative for schools that are teaching online.
Through discussion and activities students reflect on the causes and results of homelessness, the importance of resources and community, and their own choices, circumstances and support networks.
The Big Issue CEO Steven Persson says: “We are excited for the support of the Victorian Government in helping us bring the eClassroom to secondary schools across the state.
“The support of the Government means more students will be able to gain real life insight into the homelessness experienced by thousands of Australians every night, and creates valuable work for speakers experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.”
Every eClassroom booked provides a shift of work for a guest speaker experiencing disadvantage. Guest speakers are paid for their time, so every opportunity to work ensures a meaningful income for Australia’s most vulnerable during a very unsettling time. Since starting in 2009, The Big Issue Classroom has created more than 7,000 guest speaker opportunities.
The eClassroom is linked to Australian and state curriculums, and can be tailored to suit different subjects and learning areas. All that is needed is a working internet connection.
To make your booking or find out more information, please contact The Big Issue Classroom at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (03) 9663 4533.
Cover photo: A eClassroom in session. Photo by Lauren Sedger.