The drumbeat of Congress 2016: the RAPs explained
The Resolution Action Pitch presentations (or RAPs) were the drumbeat of Congress 2016 - our chance to share student-led solutions that go beyond talk into real action.
Each Issues Group brought their RAP to the solutions-focussed Day 3 Open Morning, which comprised the Lightning Lobby and the Congress session. Issues Groups worked together on creative solution/s to their issue that is uniquely student-led and student-driven.
During the Congress session, all students voted on each RAP, with the top five forming the VicSRC advocacy platform for 2016-2017. The voting was so close that there was a three-way tie for 3rd priority! Meaning that VicSRC now has six priority areas.
Here are the top six VicSRC RAP priority areas for 2016. Stay tuned for the Congress Report and the RAP Resource for ideas and solutions in full:
1. LEARNING & ASSESSMENT
We believe in a future where students are taught to think smart and are prepared for real life.
We believe in a community where everyone understands the terms relating to race, disability, or the LGBTQ+ community and consciously choose appropriate language to create a culture of respect and equality.
3. PEER-PEER RELATIONSHIPS
We believe in a perfect school where everyone would feel like they belong, where grades wouldn’t define intelligence, where social status doesn’t decline your worth and your hobbies don’t define your gender. A child isn’t to be held down by the war in their heads.
4. STUDENT WELLBEING
We believe in a learning environment where students feel comfortable to seek help.
5. STUDENT VOICE IN DECISION MAKING
We believe in a state where schools have the resources and guidelines to promote students having a say in core decisions that affect them, and so that that teachers and students may understand the steps toward being heard.
6. STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS
We believe in a school where students and teachers unite to better support and understand each other.
The ideas and solutions coming out of the Open Morning were incredible. The full ten proposals are to be distributed to all secondary schools in Victoria as a student-led resource.
Stay tuned for the RAP Resource in full - jam packed with all 10 real ideas and student-led solutions, coming soon!
We can’t wait to share all these solutions and plans for action with every school in Victoria.
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