Posted on 12/09/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
More than 70 students from 22 primary schools across Victoria descended on the Penguin Parade on September 11 for environmental leadership workshops as part of the Target Kids Teaching Kids Week activities.
Hosted by education rangers from Phillip Island Nature Parks, the event was the culmination of a Coastal Ambassadors Young Environmental Leaders program, an education program sponsored by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development through the Strategic Partnership Program.
During the event, students from Grades 5 and 6 conducted presentations on environmental action plans they had implemented in their schools.
Education Ranger Jacqui Higgins explains that the program was designed to engage students with the environment and empower them to make a difference.
“The students created some amazing environmental action plans including protecting platypus and hooded plovers, through to reducing waste within their schools,” Ms Higgins said.
“It was great to see the students so enthusiastic when teaching others about environmental issues. The student run workshops were engaging, hands on and, most importantly, fun. Students were also involved in conservation work to help protect little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters.”
The Target Kids Teaching Kids Week is a nationwide program where more than 10,000 kids from across Australia focus their knowledge and passion for the environment through comedy, songs, theatrical performances and science workshops.
The innovative event involves kids teaching each other about issues such as climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, habitat destruction, population and pollution in order to bring about positive environmental change.
Event creator Arron Wood said the event was a great way for kids to teach each other in more interesting and creative ways than the usual classroom format.
“Most importantly, the kids learn they can make a real difference on environment issues, despite the magnitude of problems facing their environment,” Mr Wood said.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a major sponsor of Phillip Island Nature Parks' Coastal Ambassadors and Coastal Ambassadors Young Environmental Leaders programs through the Strategic Partnership Program.
The Coastal Ambassadors programs have been running for over 12 years and hundreds of students have participated.
Kids teach kids at environmental program
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