History

 
 
 

The Path-Wise presentation grew out of a similar program commissioned by the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2010 in response to mistreatment of Indian students in the Northern Region of Melbourne. This program operated under the auspices of the Victorian Council of Churches and was administered over two years by Dr Paul Tonson.

When a government school teacher (at Lakeview) asked Paul for the program to include an Atheist presenter, the Path-Wise concept was born.

The initial coalition of sponsors, linking faith and freethought groups, originated in 2012 as a response to the Vision for Citizenship issued by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.

The sponsors all supported two key elements in the Citizenship statement: a) the need for students in all schools to participate in studies of the variety of beliefs in Australian societies, and b) the participation of community members in school programs in appropriate ways.