PRIMARY ETHICS

The lessons we learn as children help shape our fundamental values and principles, and the way we hold ourselves as adults in the world. That’s why, in 2010, we founded Primary Ethics – an independent charity providing ethics classes for primary school students in NSW. An alternative to religious education or quiet supervision, Primary Ethics helps the children develop important skills in critical thinking and moral reasoning.

During Primary Ethics classes, trained volunteer teachers invite children to reflect on their own behaviour, values and principles. They are encouraged to consider the interests of others, assess ways of dealing with tricky issues and cultivate an understanding around the consequences of their actions.

The focus is on skills development, rather than the promotion of any particular view. Through open discussion and hypothetical situations, students learn to make their own judgments about whether something is right or wrong, and to explain why, using evidence and reason.

40,000

CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN ETHICS CLASSES ANNUALLY

500

NSW SCHOOLS OFFERING PRIMARY ETHICS CLASSES

2,500

VOLUNTEERS STATE-WIDE

GET INVOLVED

Primary Ethics is an independently run charity that receives no government funding. As a result, the program depends on generous supporters to provide financial, volunteering and in-kind support. There are a number of ways you can get involved, whether that’s becoming a volunteer ethics teacher, supporting the program in other ways, donating or offering corporate sponsorship. For more information, visit the Primary Ethics website — primaryethics.com.au