The Big Issue Classroom

The Big Issue Classroom is a chance for school groups to gain first-hand insights into social issues. It is run by Australia’s leading social enterprise, The Big Issue, best-known for The Big Issue magazine. Homeless and disadvantaged vendors have earned more than $23 million by selling The Big Issue in the past 20 years.

More than 80,000 students have taken part in The Big Issue Classroom, which is now available in Canberra. Include a workshop in your Parliament and Civics tours to help your students ask the big questions in our nation’s capital.

Students will:

  • Participate in activities that spark discussion about fairness and diversity, needs and wants, happiness and wellbeing.
  • Be inspired by the story of someone who has faced disadvantage.
  • Discuss the importance of living in a supportive and connected community.
  • Break down stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
  • Explore issues around social justice and sustainability.
  • Be encouraged to take positive action in their own lives and communities.

Available workshops:

Workshops run for one hour and are held at a central location in Canberra. The content of each workshop has been developed to meet the needs of different year groups:

  • Finding Belonging: Explorations of Disadvantage and Homelessness. Tailored for years 5 and 6
  • Discussions about Homelessness and Disadvantage Tailored for years 7 to 12

Workshops contain links to the national curriculum and are supported by resource materials which are made available to teachers after the session.

Workshop costs $300 + GST Please note that a 10% discount applies for bookings of three or more sessions


02 8332 7200
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