MEDIA RELEASES

Commissioner welcomes Professor Colleen McLaughlin to Adelaide

Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly is pleased to welcome education expert and author, Professor Colleen McLaughlin PhD. Commissioner Connolly invited Professor McLaughlin to Adelaide, after hearing firsthand from many children and young people throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia that they are concerned about the impact school exclusion is having on individual students and their families. The children asked the Commissioner to support them to ‘help everyone get an education’.

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Former NASA astronaut helps Commissioner launch new Digital Challenge into SA classrooms today!

Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly has today launched her new Space to Dream Digital Challenge – the latest in her digital learning journey for South Australia’s children and young people. Space to Dream is all about learning to be an effective and creative problem solver. It teaches children and young people ‘design thinking’ skills applying a classic five-step design thinking process. It is the second in a series of digital challenges open to all South Australian children and young people.

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South Australia’s young global leaders devise their own action plan for the 2030 SDGs

Young South Australians have a plan for the eradication of poverty by 2030, devised in collaboration with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly and UN Youth SA. It contains recommendations from young people about what they believe needs to be done to address poverty in South Australia and ensure the State meets its commitment to the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Over 19,000 SA children learnt how to speak robot this year in CCYP’S Digital Challenge

COMMISSIONER CONNOLLY CONGRATULATES ALL SA CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN HER INAUGURAL DIGITAL CHALLENGE.

PARTICIPATION IN THE ‘LEARN TO SPEAK ROBOT’ DIGITAL CHALLENGE WAS ROBUST WITH AN ESTIMATED 19,026 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN COMPLETING THE CHALLENGE IN 2019, MANY OF WHOM EARNED VALUABLE REWARDS FOR THEIR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS. 

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First Port of Call Report – November 2019

WE MUST DO BETTER FOR OUR TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HELEN CONNOLLY, HAS TODAY LAUNCHED HER FIRST PORT OF CALL REPORT. THE REPORT FOLLOWS CONSULTATIONS WITH TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR FAMILIES, ADVOCATES AND THERAPISTS. THE REPORT OUTLINES FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT INCLUDING PROVIDING MORE VISIBILITY FOR TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, BETTER TRAINING AND INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND MORE GENDER-AFFIRMING SERVICES OVERALL. 

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Leave No One Behind – CCYP Poverty Report

A STATE OF POVERTY FOR SA CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IS ‘NOT ACCEPTABLE’ SAYS COMMISSIONER

COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HELEN CONNOLLY HAS TODAY LAUNCHED HER POVERTY REPORT “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND”. THE REPORT IS THE RESULT OF CONSULTATIONS SHE UNDERTOOK WITH MORE THAN 1400 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TOLD HER WHAT LIVING IN POVERTY IS LIKE AND WHAT THEY THINK NEEDS TO BE DONE TO ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF IT RIGHT NOW. THE REPORT OUTLINES SIX RECOMMENDATIONS IN WHICH THE COMMISSIONER CALLS UPON GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS ACROSS INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPLEMENT.
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Calling all young creatives!

C3 POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION NOW OPEN.

COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HELEN CONNOLLY, HAS TODAY LAUNCHED HER INAUGURAL C3 POSTER COMPETITION WITH $500 IN TOTAL PRIZE MONEY UP FOR GRABS. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 14 TO 22 YEARS ARE INVITED TO ENTER THEIR POSTER DESIGNS APPLYING THE COMPETITION THEME OF WHAT BEING ‘CONNECTED, CREATIVE, & CONFIDENT’ MEANS TO THEM. ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2019, WITH THE WINNING ENTRY SHOWCASED ON THE COMMISSIONER’S GET AROUND IT ZINE COMING OUT IN LATE NOVEMBER/EARLY DECEMBER 2019.  
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Public transport service ‘not okay’ say children and young people in SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES TO THEM IMPROVED.  THEY HAVE TOLD THE COMMISSIONER THEY SOMETIMES FEEL UNSAFE AND UNWELCOME ON BUSES, TRAMS AND TRAINS AND THAT THEY WORRY ABOUT BEING ISSUED FINES FOR MINOR OFFENCES SUCH AS NOT CARRYING THEIR STUDENT ID.

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2019-08-22 – MR_Public Transport_It’s_Not_Fine FINAL

 

 

‘EndoBox’ to make young people’s lives better

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DIGITAL ENREPRENEURS DEMING FACTOR WERE AWARDED $15,000 IN GRANT FUNDING AT LAST NIGHT’S D3 DIGITAL CHALLENGE PITCH AND AWARDS NIGHT. ONE OF FIVE TEAMS COMPETING IN THIS YEAR’S DIGITAL CHALLENGE, THEY WILL USE THE FUNDS TO DEVELOP ‘ENDOBOX’ – A FUN ONLINE SPACE FOR KIDS AGED 7 – 12 YEARS TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE FREE, OPEN GAMEPLAY WITH THEIR CLOSEST FRIENDS AND FAMILY. 

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20190802 – MR_D3 Digital Challenge FINAL3.

New Unplugged Digital Challenge for Early Learners

COMMISSIONER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HELEN CONNOLLY HAS TODAY LAUNCHED AN EARLY LEARNERS’ EXTENSION TO HER DIGITAL CHALLENGE: EARLY LEARNING UNPLUGGED. THE EARLY LEARNER VERSION HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN (ROUGHLY AGED 3-5 YEARS) AND IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FREE FROM THE DIGITAL CHALLENGE WEBSITE:  https://commissionersdigitalchallenge.net.au/early-learners-introduction/

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20190801 – MR_New Unplugged Early Learners Digital Challenge FINAL

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