Youth flourish at regional forum


The views of over 400 primary school students on sustainability and social justice will come together at Charles Sturt University (CSU) on Friday 13 November.The students and their teachers will gather from seven primary schools in Albury Wodonga to put the finishing touches to their Youth Action Statement for a Sustainable Future, whichthey will present to local community and CSU dignitaries on Saturday 14 November at the Flourish festival to be held at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.The statement showcases the students' concerns and answers for current environmental and sustainability problems. Community members can also show their support by signing the Statement during the festival."The Statement contains the ideas of local primary school students about 16 leading sustainability problems and solutions which the students discussed and voted on during their visits to Charles Sturt University," said team leader of the Learning Communities project, Dr John Rafferty.Learning Communities team members have also worked with the students and their teachers to produce artworks and displays regarding various sustainability issues, from community gardens to the 'tiny house' movement. These will also be on show to their families, friends and the wider community during the Flourish festival.Flourish culminates the year-long Learning Communities project run by CSU's Institute for Land, Water and Society, and is also the final event of the 2015 Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Week."During the free fun of Flourish, we will present music for all tastes and have guest appearances from the Sea Shepherd, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Animals Australia, Earthworker from Melbourne and Edgar's Mission from Lancefield, as well as local sustainability champions," Learning Communities team member, Dr Helen Masterman-Smith said. "There will be lots of opportunities to celebrate how some of the region's best students are contributing to a sustainable community in Albury-Wodonga."More information on Flourish is available here including the full program and list of partners and guests. Go to Facebook for the latest news on Flourish.

Media Note:

Drs John Rafferty and Helen Masterman-Smith are members of the Learning Communities team and available for interviews about the Regional Youth Forum and the Learning Communities project.

Contact Mr Wes Ward on mobile 0473 017 483 or email  to arrange interviews and pictures.

Members of the Learning Communities team will only be available for interviews between 12noon and 2pm on Thursday 12 November at the Gums Cafe, CSU in Albury-Wodonga. Media can only get pictures of the lunchtime action at 12.30pm during the student forum on Friday 13 November in front of the Gums Cafe, CSU in Albury-Wodonga, or as students alight from buses around 10am.

The Learning Communities project is funded by the Federal Department of Education's Higher Education Partnership Pathways Program.

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