This initiative builds on the very successful Ethics Bowl initiative in the US and Philosothons in Australasia. The National High School High School Ethics Bowl is co-ordinated by the Parr Centre for Ethics in the University of North Carolina. The National Philosothon is co-ordinated by the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations. (FAPSA)
The Ethics Olympiad is a collaborative event which encourages students to analyse and discuss real-life, timely, ethical issues. An Ethics Olympiad differs from debate in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and succeed by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively the cases in question. Experience, shows that this type of event encourages and helps students develop ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for diverse points of view.
In Junior School, selected teams of students prepare discussions and answers to thought provoking questions. They compete against teams from other schools via Skype. Students will be given a set of ethical cases which they are invited to explore the issues using the same structure as an Ethics Olympiad.