Young Victorians will visit Greece to learn more about the home of democracy under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Labor will establish the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize which will give students the opportunity to win a study tour of Greece every year.

Greece has contributed so much to the modern world – from philosophy, the Olympics to theatre, science and mathematics, and the origins of modern democracy. This prize will give young Victorians the opportunity to visit where it all started.

The Prize will be open to all government secondary school students in years 10, 11 and 12. Students will be asked to write about democracy, drawing on the learning of classical Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle.

Each year, 22 students with the best essays judged by a panel of eminent Victorians, will travel to Greece to learn how the country has shaped politics, culture and thinking across the world. Six of the 22 successful students will be of Greek heritage.

Funding of $150,000 will go towards the trip each year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Education plays a huge role in shaping a person’s future life and this opportunity will give our next generation an appreciation of our democratic heritage.”

“The Greeks have given us democracy, mathematics, philosophy and so much more. This is about sharing this history with young Victorians.’

“Almost half of all Greek Australians call Melbourne home. This program will help us celebrate the best of ancient Greece with our modern Greek community.” 

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