Democracy Dash is an education event that is designed to teach middle and senior students about democracy, the important work of democratic institutions and the responsibilities of citizens who live in a democracy. Students 'dash' around the city in an 'Amazing Race' style event, visiting several organisations and completing an activity at each location. Democracy Dash is run in Alice Springs and Darwin, with plans to introduce a Katherine based event soon.
Students travel in teams of about 8 to 10 students with a teacher accompanying each group. There are prizes for the winning team.
The organisations that regularly participate in Democracy Dash (across Darwin and Alice Springs) are:
|Aboriginal Interpreter Service||ABC studios|
|Alice Springs Town Council||Amnesty International|
|City of Darwin||Department of the Chief Minister|
|North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)||NT Anti-Discrimination Commission|
|NT Electoral Commission (NTEC)||NT Legal Aid Commission|
|NT Local and Supreme Courts||NT Police|
|Office of the Children's Commissioner||Office of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption NT (ICAC)|
|Parliamentary Education Services||The Residency (Alice Springs)|
Democracy Dash is open to all students in Years 9-12, but is particularly beneficial to students studying civics and citizenship, Legal Studies students and students in leadership positions. Plus it’s fun for everyone!
A modified version of Democracy Dash can also be held at your school on request if you have a large number of participating students (Darwin and surrounds only).
Dates for 2021 are not yet set, but are likely to be in Term 1 (March) for Alice Springs, and Term 2 (June) and Term 3 (September) for Darwin.