KIDS TEACHING KIDS 2012
12 stories: One by one…..
1. What is ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ Week?
Children educating their peers about the importance of environmental awareness and conservation techniques.
2. Save the Orangutans
There are two species of orangutans: the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). Both orangutan species are considered to be Endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. The Kids Teaching Kids week incorporates awareness-raising games and information to draw attention to the plight of the orangutan and human impacts upon their habitat.
3. Worms and worm farms
A worm farm is a fantastic way to minimise food waste by turning organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich fertiliser for plants and soils. Worms eat organic waste and turn it into liquid fertiliser and worm castings (the organic material that has been digested by the worms). Both of these products can be used on gardens and on pot plants to keep them thriving. Worm liquid to replace fertiliser. Kids Teaching Kids includes practical learning about how to start and manage worm farms.
4. Water Awareness
Earth may be ‘The Blue Planet’ due to its overwhelming coverage of water, but only a tiny percentage of that water is usable by humans at any given time [NatGeo] [Wiki] [NASA]. Kids teach other kids the basics of what water is, where it comes from, and how to use it more wisely so as to minimise waste.
5. Recycling: Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle
Effective waste management strategies assist in minimising or avoiding adverse impacts on the environment and human health, while allowing economic development and improvement in the quality of life. Many governments and organisations are adopting ‘zero waste’ policies. In a nutshell, this mentality/strategy can be summed up with ‘the three R’s’: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. Kids teach other kids the basics and the significance of the process, laying the foundation for future action by youngsters.
6. Kitchen Gardens
The value of having a ‘Kitchen Garden’. The kids make a model, to demonstrate efficient gardening, and have fun promoting home grown vegetables.
7. Lizard Awareness
Who needs chemicals when you can have a natural pest controller on patrol in your backyard? Lizards are the way to go [SGA]. Australia is sometimes called the “Land of the Lizards” due to its spectacular diversity of these animals. Kids teach other kids how to identify, understand and care for Australia’s diverse and important lizards.
8. Celebrity Cook, Stefano de Pieri
Stefano de Pieri is a celebrity cook and one of the most prominent public advocates for the Mildura region. His activities include supporting the region’s arts, environment, business and culture; and of course, it’s great local produce. Stefano visited Sacred Heart Primary school to learn more about the Kids Teaching Kids initiative; and to share his own tips and insights (including his personal experience with the Orangutan issue).
9. S.H.E.C. Radio
Hitting the airwaves, the Kids Teaching Kids local network host their radio program, ‘SHEC Radio’ to explain more to the audience the national context of their movement by playing some guessing games and performing interviews.
10. Guest Presenter, Edwina Butler
Edwina Butler’s task is to visit schools around the region to educate students and teachers about the importance of effective waste management.
Contact Edwina Butler: http://www.avrwmg.org.au/our-regions/mildura/
11. The Joy of Initiative
Stated simply, Kids enjoy learning when they are excited about their topic, and encouraged to ‘take ownership’ of their research experiences ie. Initiative.
12. End Credits
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