The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians

THE PURPOSE OF THE DECLARATION

The purpose of the declaration is to improve the educational outcomes for all young Australians as it is central to the nation’s social and economic prosperity and will position young people to live fulfilling, productive and responsible lives. The declaration ensures that as a nation, Australia values the central role of education in building a democratic, equitable and just society — a society that is prosperous, cohesive and culturally diverse, and that values Australia’s Indigenous cultures as a key part of the nation’s history, present and future. The incentive for the Melbourne declaration is to push Australian schools to promote equality and excellence, ensure all students become successful learners, develop into confident and creative individuals alongside active and informed citizens of the nation.

WHAT THE DECLARATION IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOP IN ‘YOUNG AUSTRALIANS

THE IMPORTANCE FOR TEACHERS TO BE AWARE OF THE MELBOURNE DECLARATION

It is considered profoundly significant that teachers across Australia are aware of the Melbourne declaration in order to assist and achieve the goals of confident, independence, successful, creative, active and informed students of the nation. Teachers have a collective responsibility with the school, community and nation to ensure students reach their full potential in an equal and resourceful environment that is free from discrimination. Teachers making themselves aware of the declaration can assist young Australians to reach their personal educational goals through the strategies and recommendations provided.

Barr, A., Constable, E., Pike, B., Bartlett, D., Lomax-Smith, J., & Welford, R. et al. (2008). Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (1st ed.). Ministerial Council on Education.

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