The core of youth empowerment lies in schools. It has become a new concept that students should have a say in their learning. It is also widely accepted that there is a common problem at schools: the gap in communication between teachers and students. This has led to dilemmas - such as the lack of student connectivity in classrooms, discords between teachers and students, and the suppression of youth empowerment.
In order to combat this issue of miscommunication, our school has implemented the Student Action Team this year. We are a group of 10 students across all year levels who are determined to bridge the communication between the teacher and student body. Our team has been divided into three areas of focus: Wellbeing, Curriculum and Buildings, & Logistics. Under each, we would collect data from surveys, hold student-led discussions, and host open student forums in order to identify the issues prevalent at our school. We would analyze the data and present our findings to the teacher committee.
Together, we would discuss possible ways to solve the problems and implement change. This year, we had reviewed the teaching curriculum, discussed better teaching techniques, considered improving the school facilities, researched wellbeing apps [for the students to use], and made advancements in wellbeing policies. This year is the first in which students sat on teacher committee meetings - which marks a symbol for change. Our team is here to ensure that every student’s voice is heard and that teens have a say in their education and their learning. Our purpose is to ensure that every student’s schooling is the best it can be. The current students are the leaders of the future and schools are equipping adolescents with the knowledge to lead and contribute to society. This is why an optimum learning environment, where teacher and student communication is prevalent and where students have a voice in their education, is essential for students to thrive. We have identified the importance of student empowerment - which is necessary for our ever-changing society.
The Student Action Team is an initiative which the Minister of Education aims to see implemented in every Victorian school [Victoria - state in Australia]. It is an initiative which every school should have in order to combat this global issue of miscommunication between students and teachers.
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