Schools program teaching students good water habits
In Victoria, more than 200 schools have taken part in a state-wide schools program that is teaching young people about water conservation and helping them develop good water-saving habits.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville joined students from primary and high schools across the state at the 11th annual Kids Teaching Kids conference in Parkville in late October.
“It’s important we teach children value of water so they can learn about water conservation and play an active role in Victoria’s water future,” Neville says.
The Andrews Labor Government has provided $200,000 to support the conference over two years, which has seen schools across the state develop lesson plans and learning models focused on water sustainability.
For several months, the students have been working on water conservation and environmental projects that relate to their communities and schools.
These include projects about saving water at home, using recycled water in schools, learning about the harmful effects of microbeads in our water systems and how to care for and protect our natural environments and waterways.
The theme for this year’s event will focus on keeping green spaces such as sporting grounds and football fields hydrated so that they can be enjoyed by communities all year round.
The Labor Government knows that sporting and recreational areas are central to the health and well-being of communities across the state, and has provided significant funding for drought-proofing to ensure they remain green and in good condition.
“Open spaces like footy ovals are the hub of community life, so it’s important they stay green and healthy for everyone to enjoy,” Neville says.
Young water warriors will kick goals with green footballs at the conference and will be joined by AFL women’s players from Melbourne Football Club.
For the past 17 years the Kids Teaching Kids conference has delivered environmental learning to more than 4000 students, to encourage young people to take an active role in protecting our environment.
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