Competition to engage, inspire humanitarians of tomorrow 


The theme of the Schools for Social Change competition this year is the environment and the environmental issues affecting the entire global community.

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Charles Darwin University will host the inaugural Schools for Social Change competition this Wednesday (27/5), bringing together NT high school students to present innovative solutions to social issues.

Designed by CDU’s Social Work and Community Studies, theme coordinator Research Associate David Heath said the project was especially designed to generate social consciousness within the young participants.

“The theme for the competition is the environment and the environmental issues affecting the entire global community,” Mr Heath said.

Representatives from years 10, 11 and 12 at Top End high schools will present on the topic: What can individuals, schools, business and community do to work together in order to save lives, the environment, and ultimately our future?

“We hope it will motivate high school students to think about how individuals, schools, communities and businesses could have an impact on the environment and social issues,” he said.

The challenge aims to provide a platform for young people to present innovative ideas to address social issues that affect the community.

Specialists in human service, management and business also will address the students.

Mr Heath said he hoped this inaugural competition would be developed into an annual prestigious school championship, managed by CDU Community Work students and sponsored by their Students in Free Enterprise Program (CDU SIFE).

The event will run from 9.30am to12.30pm at the CDU Theatre, Building Orange 3 on Casuarina campus.

Winners will be announced during a sausage sizzle lunch immediately after the competition.

For information contact Social Work and Community Studies Lecturer, Dan Baschiera P: 8946 7359 or E: