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As we gear up on a new round of Schools Congress programs, we reflect on last years experience.

Schools Congress is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to talk together and work together to bring about greater understanding in schools of all of the steps that are needed to forge reconciliation.

The program is aimed at middle and senior school students. Last year, Schools Congress took place in the Northern and Southern metro areas of Adelaide, as well as Mt Gambier and Whyalla.

Year 8 and 9 students explored the Tjukurrpa (kinship) model with a respected South Australian traditional man from Coober Pedy, John Lochowiak. In addition, they explored anti-racism strategies supported by Amnesty International, and they started developing Reconciliation Action Plans that they can bring back to school for follow up.

Year 10 and 11 students had an opportunity to think about the way in which Indigenous communities make decisions and the importance of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Want to get involved this year?

Student leaders, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are encouraged to participate in the congress and facilitate change in their schools and communities. In 2013, we held eight sessions and engaged with more than 300 secondary students across the state.

Reconciliation SA will be hitting the road between August 26 and September 19 to deliver the Schools Congress program in locations across the state. If you'd like to know more about how you can get involved in Schools Congress this year, visit the event page or please email reconciliationsa@adam.com.au for more information.