Study tour focuses on democracy

Education Minister James Merlino. 230796_02

Students with a keen interest in civics and citizenship can apply for the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and

critical thinking through an immersive onshore study tour, thanks to the Victorian government.

Education Minister James Merlino said applications are now open for the 2021-22 Premier’s Spirit

of Democracy, with successful students to gain a glimpse into how ancient Greece helped shape modern Australian

democracy through a five-day study tour in Melbourne and Canberra.

The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy program gives students a deeper understanding of democracy through

immersive learning experiences, where they can learn from the works of classical thinkers like Plato and Aristotle

as well as modern expressions of civic engagement.

The study tour will take place from April 10-14, 2022, and is open to all secondary students currently in years 9, 10

and 11 from government, Catholic and independent schools – with 22 students and four teacher chaperones to be


The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an understanding of how history

has shaped our democratic system and values,” Mr Merlino said.

We want students to be challenged to think creatively and critically, and to develop the skills they need to become

leaders to bring positive change to their communities, both now and into the future.”

To enter, students must submit an application in the form of an essay, short story, audio or video presentation,

musical composition or artwork, as well as a statement of intent with any non-essay entries.

Applications close Sunday, November 7, via