Voiceless APEs

Our APE philosophy, mission and frequently asked questions.

Mission

Today’s high school students and animal law students will become tomorrow’s change-makers. Voiceless works to educate and inspire a new generation to think critically and make positive changes for animals.

Our APE Philosophy

Animal Protection Education (APE) seeks to fill the gap within national and state curriculums, where young people would otherwise not engage with animal protection issues during their primary or secondary schooling years.

Our curriculum aligned teaching and learning programs are committed to providing students with the knowledge they need to consider, analyse and debate differing perspectives on thought-provoking and relevant topics, as well as the tools to question for themselves what it means to act with kindness, respect, integrity, and compassion in our ever-changing world.

This pedagogical approach follows the inquiry learning model, which encourages students to think critically about the various scientific, ethical, political, and environmental questions that arise from the issues explored.

We have embedded the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities into our sequence of learning, with a focus on Personal and Social Capability and Ethical Understanding. All units of work are linked to the cross-curricular priority of Sustainability, which promotes positive change and encourages action.

Voiceless aims to enable learners to reflect on their personal citizenship, actions and responsibilities within our world, helping them on their path to making informed ethical judgements and preparing them for a life outside the classroom.  We recognise that today’s youth are tomorrow’s change-makers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Voiceless turned to youth education?

There is a distinct lack of formal youth education exploring animal protection issues, despite their importance and relevance to almost every element of modern life.

With over 15 years of experience working in the fields of law, science and policy reform, Voiceless understands the importance of providing reliable, credible and accurate high-level resources to stimulate discussion and debate with various stakeholders about key issues.

We believe in the power of education and the importance of critical thinking. Voiceless’s Animal Protection Education (APE) resources introduce high-school students to a wide range of issues and concepts by encouraging research, discussion and debate.

What do your resources aim to do?

Animal Protection Education (APE) resources enable high-school educators to bring key animal protection issues into the classroom in an age-appropriate and professional manner so that students can engage with the factual information they need to question, consider and discuss new concepts and issues.

All APEs are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and encourage critical thinking. Voiceless works in collaboration with experienced educators to create all materials.

Is Voiceless doing advocacy or campaigning in schools?

No, our Animal Protection Education (APE) program is non-prescriptive. APEs ask questions, rather than provide answers.

Working in collaboration with experienced and professional Australian high-school teachers, APEs provide educators with high-quality, considered, well-researched and professional resources – encouraging students to think critically and question, consider and discuss the issues for themselves.

Voiceless APEs comply with state and territory government education policies relating to the management of potentially controversial issues in schools.

How trustworthy are Voiceless materials?

APEs are created in collaboration with experienced educators and present factual information that can be used to inform debate and promote further research.

When developing an APE, Voiceless seeks to include many and often opposing perspectives, and ensures that all statements are verified and supported by scientific, legal and policy research.

Voiceless also regularly consults its Teacher Advisory Group made up of experienced Australian educators and seeks feedback from a wide range of educators, in order to continue improving our materials.

If you would like further information, please contact Voiceless at education@voiceless.org.au

Has Voiceless received any feedback from teachers?

To ensure Voiceless’s new APE materials are of the highest possible quality and utility, we conducted interviews with a range of experienced Australian high school teachers from across the country to seek feedback. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

  • ‘The approach adopted so far is spot on. The breadth and range of options is fabulous. You could pick up these materials and run them very easily as a teacher. I was struck at how well organised and professional it all is.’ (Simon, High School Teacher, VIC).
  • ‘The materials were all really well presented, Voiceless have done a great job!’ (Amy, High School Teacher, NSW)
  • ‘It’s extremely professional looking and I’m excited to use it myself. I’ve looked for material like this before and not found a great deal that was helpful or relevant.’ (Madeline, High School Teacher, TAS)
  • ‘These materials are filling a need, and it’s very important. All of the material is thoughtfully created and structured.’ (Alex, High School Teacher, NSW)

Does Voiceless offer school talks?

We deliver informative presentations which promote critical-thinking at secondary schools in NSW (as our offices are based in Sydney). All presentations are delivered by our Education Program Coordinator Hanna Lucas. To arrange a presentation at your secondary school, please contact Hanna: education@voiceless.org.au

How does Voiceless work within the law?

Voiceless has a proud history of working in collaboration with lawyers, law firms and legal institutions to develop and promote the role of law in animal protection.

As a leader in animal law, Voiceless hired Australia’s first animal lawyer in 2004 and ran a successful 10-year animal law lecture series featuring high-profile international legal experts. Voiceless has supported the proliferation of scholarly writing on animal law, the publishing of multiple legal text books, academic conferences and an ever-expanding list of individuals and organisations dedicated to the study and practice of animal law.

Currently, Voiceless is continuing to build the animal law movement in Australia through our Animal Law Education program, creating high-quality legal education materials in partnership with the Bond University Centre for Professional Legal Education.

All materials created by Voiceless are reviewed for legal accuracy, and always work from within the law to promote informed debate, discussion and analysis. Voiceless has not and does not condone or encourage any illegal activities.