It’s been billed as one of the most important events Queensland has ever hosted and now it’s set to enter our schools.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has announced that from July all school sectors would have access to G20 teaching and learning resources for implementation in Semester two.
“The new materials are being designed for Queensland students, as the state plays host to the most important meeting of world leaders ever held in Australia,” Mr Langbroek says. “Every Queensland student will have the opportunity to study the G20 Summit, an event that will not only help shape the global economy but is being held right on our doorstep.
“There is no better opportunity for Queensland students to further explore the world in which they live and Australia’s place in the world.This is about enhancing the education experience of Queensland students, something the Newman Government has a strong focus on.”
Mr Langbroek said the age-appropriate resources would enable even children in the very early years to become involved in the G20.
“While use of these classroom resources isn’t compulsory I encourage all Queensland schools to include the G20 in their programs of study,” he said. “The materials will focus on geography and economics and will include activities linked to other subjects such as English and maths.
“Teachers can use the new materials along with those already available to add a G20 focus to lessons.This is about getting every Queenslander involved in one of the most important events our great state has ever hosted.”
Mr Langbroek said the G20 curriculum resources were being developed by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) and could be accessed online from 14 July 2014. The new curriculum resources will be promoted to all schools, principals, teachers, parents, carers, relevant governing bodies and the general public.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15 and 16 November with the G20 finance ministers and bank governors meeting in Cairns on 20 and 21 September.
Do you think the G20 summit should enter the school curriculum or would you rather see educational focus directed somewhere else?