The campaign to promote a cleaner Western Australia has been taken into the State’s classrooms with the launch of the Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s (KABC) new student learning package.
Launching the program today at Attadale Kindergarten, Environment Minister David Templeman said the ‘Learning About Litter’ program had been designed to highlight in a fun interactive way, a serious problem that affected everyone.
“The program contains information for teachers, a series of curriculum activities linked to the Western Australian Curriculum Framework, an appendix of games and a recommended reading list,” Mr Templeman said.
“Students will learn about what litter is, its impact on the environment and what we can do to prevent litter and litter behaviour.”
The Minister said the resource package had been trialled in 14 schools last year.
“Educating students about the effects of litter on our health and wellbeing is a key step towards litter reduction in the community as a whole,” he said.
”The value of environmental responsibility underlying each activity in the program encourages students to develop respect and concern for the environment.”
Mr Templeman thanked the teachers and students involved in the trial of the program.
“They have helped create a program that will teach young people how they can act now for the future,” he said.
The 14 schools involved in the trial were:
Harvey Primary School;
Rottnest Island Primary School;
St Anthony’s School, Greenmount;
Mount Hawthorn Junior Primary School;
Westminister Primary School;
West Leeming Primary School;
Port Hedland Primary School;
East Narrogin Primary School;
Churchlands Primary School;
Salmon Gums Primary School;
Attadale Primary School;
Al Hidayah Islamic School; and
East Hamersley Primary School.