With the Victorian State Election fast approaching in November, 2018 is an exciting year for us at the VEC and no one is more excited than me, your new Passport to Democracy Coordinator. My name is Amy and I’ve just joined the dynamic team that creates and delivers this excellent program to primary and secondary schools, universities, and other community groups. I’ve come to this role from a background of teaching Secondary English and Humanities, delivering enrichment programs to high achieving Primary aged students and, recently, teaching English to Burmese refugees living in Thailand. I’m extremely passionate about voter engagement and helping people to speak up and find their voice, especially young people!
This position is a dream job for me and I’m excited to start engaging with you- the teachers, students and other stakeholders who use and benefit from the content available. I’ll also be one of the main contact people for those of you looking for help with the program and those of you interested in hosting a VEC run mock election in your school.
As well as this, I’ll be creating content for this blog; particularly focused on how you can practically use the available material in the classroom, why you should use the available material in the classroom and also, some general interest articles related to democracy, voter engagement (especially young voter engagement) and other political and pedagogical issues.
It is my goal to develop a more vibrant online presence and, therefore, a more useful one for all involved- students, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. If you have any specific ideas regarding possible topics of discussion, or things you want covered, let us know in the comments or via the “Contact Us” tab.