RMIT is partnering with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to undertake a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Work Integrated Learning placement opportunity. The SDGs provide a vital mechanism through which we can collectively address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges. The AASW is the professional body representing more than 12,000 social workers throughout Australia, setting the benchmark for professional education and practice in social work and through their policy and advocacy work have a strong voice on matters of social justice,sustainability and human rights.
The placement offers the opportunity for the next generation of social workers to engage with issues around equality and sustainability. The non-government sector is a key partner in achieving the 2030 goals and as such is it imperative that students are ready for the challenges they will face as new graduates. At the placement, students in groups will begin by undertaking a comprehensive review of the AASW's activities, with a focus on the policy and advocacy actions, and identify how they align with the 17 Goals and 169 targets. In the process students will identify opportunities for actions in relation to sustainability and provide a report to the organisation with recommendations for future projects. It is then expected that future placements will be able to implement the projects and continue the work.
Project timeline: 2018 - ongoing
Key contributors: Sebastian Cordoba
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development