Students aim for the summit
WHEN they think of what life will be like in their 30s, Southern Cross K-12 School students Jessica Hill and Georgia Playford hope they'll have the skills to compete for some of the world's 'top jobs'.
It is why they are calling on the Federal Government to take education in Australia seriously.
The two Year 10 students raised the issue when the school hosted its own 2020 summit yesterday.
Primary and secondary schools across the country are participating in a series of schools summits.
These will feed into the Youth Summit at Parliament House from April 19-20, in which young Australians will be discussing the long-term challenges and opportunities for the country.
Yesterday at Southern Cross K-12 School in Ballina, students aged from 12 to 17 met to discuss what they considered to be the 'big issues' facing Australia.
For many kids, education was the key to a successful society in the year 2020.
"Technology is changing so fast," Jessica Hill said.
"To survive in this world you're going to need greater education.
"I'm kind of scared for our future. There are some really big concerns about how much money we'll be earning and what jobs we'll be doing.
"We need to make people more aware and this summit has opened my eyes as well."
Year 9 students Melanie Loomes and Madison Blue Beckerleg said it was empowering to discuss the issues with their peers and to find solutions.
Melanie said she had only recently started to consider what having a job would be like.
"I never really thought about anything happening in 2020," she said.
"I've just applied for my first job and it's made me think."
Federal Page MP Janelle Saffin attended yesterday's summit and said she would talk about the ideas raised by the students in Parliament.
The results of the Youth Summit will also feed into the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra from April 19-20.