Political Literacy

Over the last few months, the Political Literacy team has gone out and interviewed approximately 20 young people to learn about how they engage with politics. Through this process, the team learnt about the key enablers and inhibitors for young people, and this allowed the team to get some rich insights to better understand the challenges. Top insights:

1. People feel like they will be judged for not knowing more about politics and actually taking initiative to learn feels like a chore.

2. People are more likely to tune into the big changes and on topics that are relevant tp their life, rather than the smaller changes.

3. People don’t see how what happens in politics will actually play out, and in turn affect their life.

Based on the data and feedback the team collected, we’ve come up with an idea to develop a scenario-based conversational board game, where people can -

1. Build basic political literacy around voting, how bills are passed, etc.

2. Role-play as various stakeholders and build understanding and empathy of their responsibilities and limitations.

3. Be placed in various scenarios of political changes, and learn from how things may turn out.

As a result of this, the team wants to measure people's political literacy pre-board game and post-board game to see the impact that the project has on people's knowledge and whether they may feel more informed in the political landscape. We also hope to provide Australian Citizens with the tools and resources needed to understand how their vote impacts all of the SDG's, and action taken by the Government to address these.