Co-design a School Program to Reduce Discrimination with Multicultural Australia
Article written by Stefanie Stan, Year 11.
On the 2nd of October, Multicultural Australia held their co-design workshop in Woolloongabba to allow high school students in Years 10-12 to give their genuine input, stories, and experiences to Multicultural Australia before they launch their program about discrimination to SEQ schools. Multicultural Australia is designing a program to help young people lean into conversations about discrimination and take action to make their communities safer. The program will be delivered in 20 Queensland schools over the next 12 months, and they needed input from high school students to make sure the program they create is beneficial and effective to students our age.
Leyla (Year 11), Emily (Year 11), Roxy (Year 10), and I, (Stefanie – Year 11), plus other non-QACI students, attended this workshop where we had the opportunity to share. The event \was hosted by young members of the Future Leaders Advisory Group and Multicultural Australia staff.
We were given the opportunities to write down where we have seen discrimination occur, and what we think would make this program impactful to resonate with students for a long time and the completion of the program. Additionally, as groups, we investigated and rated different support resources - including Kids Helpline, Beyond Blue, Headspace, and others - to make sure that Multicultural Australia find real genuine resources for the program for students to find useful and use. It was refreshing to see organisations like Multicultural Australia appreciate our feedback. I believe they will use our opinions and feedback constructively in their organisation and the upcoming program alike.
Overall, I think this was such an enriching experience that benefited all the people involved. We were given an outlet to express our opinions and personal experiences of discrimination and we were genuinely being listened to. Similarly Mutlicultural Australia appreciated us giving up our time to help give them.
I look forward to seeing the launch of this school program (yet to be named) and hopefully we will work with Multicultural Australia again in the future. I feel very empowered to be part of the solution to helping stop discrimination and promote inclusivity here in Queensland. 🥰