Kids teach kids the value of the environment

School children from across Mandurah and Perth came together at the 2017 Kids Teaching Kids Conference on Wednesday to teach each other valuable lessons in caring for the environment.

Students from Falcon Primary School ran a lesson on beach pollution, Lakelands Primary School gave a demonstration on recycling and greenhouses, and Perth’s Coolbinia Primary School gave a demonstration using robots to illustrate various environmental scenarios.

Kids Teaching Kids conferences are conducted across the country and aim to “inspire future environmental leaders”.

John Tonkin College science teacher Kim Davies, who is a coordinator of the Mandurah conference, said there was an emerging global alliance which was helping children become better advocates for the environment.

“This conference lets us network with other educators and to teach the kids the power of the voice, for them to be advocates,” she said.

“The whole conference is amazing.”

She said the children were also taking part in the the Duke of Edinburgh program to go out into the community and teach kids about important environmental programs.

The conference opened with a Welcome to Country ceremony by George Walley and speeches by City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and Mandurah’s junior mayor Jordan Greaves.

Visiting teacher Biswajit De, from Maria’s Public School in Birkuchi, India, said he was looking at the conference as a model for schools in his home country.

“John Tonkin College is our international partner in consultation with us for a number of years,” he said.

“They’ve been a part of our programs and we’ve run a climate change conference and this is another valuable opportunity to to learn and to share.”

The conference was set to continue on Thursday at the Baldivis Children’s Forest.