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Next generation of game changers converge on University campuses

Kids for Kids

Around 300 primary school students have been visiting the University of Tasmania this week to learn about forging a sustainable future.

Kids for Kids is an annual program that encourages and empowers the next generation to be game changers of the future.

The initiative is presented by the Department of Education and the University with the support of industry partners.

Coinciding with National Recycling Week, it took place at Newnham on Wednesday, 14 November and in Burnie, Thursday, 15 November.

Students got hands-on during environmental education activities that included making beeswax wraps, identifying eucalypt tree varieties on campus, taking photos of nature and learning about feral cat populations.

They also spent time with Aboriginal sharers of knowledge and University pre-service teachers who led workshops at both sites.

Dr Kim Beasy, Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University’s School of Education, said importantly, students inspired each other.  

“In keeping with the program’s name, kids will be teaching kids as they present the sustainability work they are leading in their schools which include experiences with the war on waste,” Dr Beasy said. 

“More broadly the Kids for Kids initiative exposes participants to the positive things already happening in their local communities that support the environment. 

“We hope the sessions will encourage students to see themselves as change makers and to learn how they can contribute to a sustainable future.”

Jenny Dudgeon, Sustainability Manager at the Department of Education, said it was essential to engage students to be environmental advocates at an early age. 

“Game Changers, Change Makers is the perfect theme for this year’s event because students explore how they can be a part of positive change in their communities, local and global.”

Participating primary schools were East Launceston, West Launceston, St Leonards, Mowbray, East Tamar, Youngtown, Andrews Creek, Cooee, Burnie, Havenview, Circular Head Christian School and Stanley.

Published on: 16 Nov 2018 2:03pm