On Thursday 1st September 6D facilitated a series of peer teaching workshops for students from schools across the Mornington Peninsula at the;
2011 Australia Post ‘Kids Teaching Kids Week’ at Point Nepean National Park.
The aim of ‘Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week’ was to promote and encourage youth and community involvement in the future health and management of our natural resources throughout Australia during the week of August 26-2 September, 2011.
The Kids Teaching Kids learning model was created from a belief that education systems must foster resilient, confident and creative students who care for and understand the human impact on the environment. Our youth need to be committed to managing resources for a more sustainable future.
This was a truly exciting opportunity for our students as they captivated, engaged and inspired their audiences from the other primary schools. Workshops explored the impact of waste on our environment, with the students being explicitly taught how to reduce and manage their personal waste by taking part in a ‘Recycling Relay’. Children were imparted with knowledge to encourage them to be conservative water users. Learning about sustainable energy sources and understanding the impact to the environment of overuse was also discussed through role playing and interactive activities. The final workshop of the afternoon explained the devastating impact that production of palm oil has on the environment, specifically linked to the orangutans in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Our students were acknowledged by the wider community via Live Twitter. Tweets included:
“Peninsula School Recycling Relay Races going off – Do you know what to do with your recyclables? # KTKweek”
“The Peninsula School is showcasing awesome teaching skills at Point Nepean #KTKweek right now.”
“The Peninsula School Green Police are arresting environmental offenders #KTKweek”
Posts about the program were also added to Kids Teaching Kids Facebook Group.
Our students also had the opportunity throughout the day to work alongside Parks Victoria Rangers. They participated in a series of hands-on environmental workshops, to learn about local environmental issues and to directly experience Point Nepean as a park of State and National significance.
It is hoped that the success of the first annual ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ conference at Point Nepean will lead to many more of our students empowering their peers future environmental conferences.