Two environmental educational kits for school students have been launched by Education Minister Colin Barnett.
Envirokids – an initiative of Rio Tinto and Greening Australia – is aimed at Years Five and Envirosmart – developed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy – is aimed at middle school students.
Mr Barnett said Envirokids comprised three well scripted short plays based on three different Western Australian environmental scenarios – urban bush, wetland and farmland – supported by colourful stimulus posters.
He said it had been trialled in 17 schools and was designed and developed over two years.
Envirosmart was centred around air, water, land, waste and energy and involves students and teachers developing an environmental management plan for their school.
“Developing the plan involves working through environmental activities and examining case studies of how the mining industry tackles real environmental problems,” Mr Barnett said.
“Envirosmart has strong, clear links to the Curriculum Framework and is easy to use.
“Envirokids was written by two teachers with advice from the Education Department’s learning and teaching directorate.”
Mr Barnett said it was important that students were aware of the challenges facing the environment today and how environmental problems could be avoided.
He said it was also important for students to know what they could do to help improve the environment.
Schools which took up the challenge to become Envirosmart schools would tackle environmental issues of significance to their school.
Students and schools would be eligible to win prizes and schools judged to have developed the most environmentally sound plan for their schools would able to win cash to implement their plans.
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