Posted on 15/09/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Kids teach kids during environmental leadership program

Young student leaders from 18 primary schools across Victoria descended on Phillip Island on 9 September for environmental leadership workshops as part of the Target Kids Teaching Kids Week activities.

Hosted by education rangers from Phillip Island Nature Parks, the Phillip Island 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.

During the event, students conducted presentations on what they had learnt from implementing their environmental action plans in their schools, sharing their first hand experiences and knowledge. The program was designed to engage students with the environment and empower them to make a difference.

“It was great to see the students so enthusiastic when teaching others about environmental issues,” Cara Richardson, Education Ranger, said.

The Target Kids Teaching Kids Week is a nationwide program where more than 10,000 kids from across Australia participate in one of 500 events, and focus their knowledge and passion for the environment through comedy, songs, theatrical performances and science workshops. 

Throughout its 15 years, Kids Teaching Kids has been enlisting kids as green army recruits. Their mission: to educate themselves, their classmates and their communities about issues like climate change, conservation, energy, water, and population growth.

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.