A Curriculum of Giving – student volunteering workshop was held at Education Development Centre on 30 May 2019. It was attended by delegates from education and care, volunteering and not-for-profit organisations, business, local government, and state government agencies.
The workshop was facilitated in partnership by the Department of Human Services and the Department for Education, Volunteering Strategy for SA 2014-2020, and Volunteering SA&NT.
Participants heard from experts across Australia in the fields of student volunteering, service learning, curriculum, wellbeing, social justice and values education. The workshop covered neuroscience and significant positive effects on the brain and body brought on by implementing safe and meaningful opportunities for school aged children to volunteer. Participants were provided with practical strategies to encourage student learning and improve wellbeing, and explored new resources developed to support the application of student volunteering programs in schools. They also had the opportunity to hear directly from students (ranging in age from 10 to 17 years) about their volunteer experiences and learnings.