The Graduate School of Education

What is the VOICE conference?

Our logo and name stands for 

Voicing Our Ideas for Children Everywhere

This conference was developed in 2019 by Dr Fiona Mayne and Dr Gemma Scarparolo from the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia to provide a platform for children between the ages of 5-12 years old to be able to talk about issues that are important to them in their world in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

The VOICE conference is run by children, for children and only children present at the conference.  The conference includes children's presentations, children’s activities and discussion and opportunities to ask adult guests questions that they have regarding issues that are important to them. 

This conference is not only about children sharing matters that are important to them, it is also about children being heard by adults who are in positions of power and influence. 

The date chosen for the VOICE conference each year is significant as it is timed to celebrate and acknowledge international World Children's Day.

The inaugural conference ran at UWA in 2019. 

If you would like to read more click here: 2019

In 2021 and 2023, Bold Park Community School hosted their own VOICE events. 

To learn more click here: 2021