Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett today launched The Big Issue’s eClassroom initiative at Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design.
The initiative uses web conferencing technology to help students get an insight into homelessness and poverty by talking with someone who has experienced homelessness.
The project was supported by a $120,000 grant from the Federal Government. Minister Garrett was joined by Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese and NSW Member for Marrickville Carmel Tebbutt for a demonstration of the eClassroom.
Mr Albanese said students at Dulwich High had previously demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice and programs such as this would give them and other schools valuable insights into the world of the homeless.
“Improving awareness of this issue will help overcome stereotyped perceptions of homeless people,” said Mr Albanese.
“The Big Issue has done a great job helping homeless people gain some financial independence and self esteem. Increasing understanding of the issue is an important next step.”