The ACT Greens are hoping to make it easier for students to strike from school in order to attend peaceful protests.

Greens MLA Johnathan Davis will move a motion in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, calling on the Territory Government to make provisions for students while also supporting teachers to enhance civics and democracy education.

“This motion would establish an ongoing policy that endorses the right of students to strike from school in order to peacefully protest.”

“Currently students are allowed, but not encouraged to attend community protests. Students and their teachers can seek the Education Directorate’s permission to participate on a case by case basis.”

The move is being led by David who began his political career as a student protestor at the age of 15.

“Children and young people deserve a chance to shape and be optimistic about their future. It’s up to us to empower them to have a real voice, and to listen to what they are saying.

The motion being put forward calls on the Government to Allow teachers and schools to support students to attend any protest or demonstration that accords with standard ACT government policies around the management of peaceful protest.

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Consider strengthening support to Elections ACT and the ACT Legislative Assembly education offices to support teachers to offer increased civics and democracy education for ACT school students.

As well as ensure that public schools are providing all students with an understanding of, and ability to participate in, civil society and democratic processes.

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