Young people – they care. They know that this is the world they will grow up in. That they’re going to spend the rest of their lives in. They actually believe that the human species has no right to destroy and despoil, regardless. They feel that very powerfully.
Sir David Attenborough
The Plastic Oceans Australasia Schools Program equips primary and high school students of Australasia with the knowledge and skills to drive public awareness about the global plastic problem. The under 18s of our world have the influence to change consumer behaviour in households, communities and within peer groups.
We have designed education materials that cover the problems of plastic and the impacts this has on our oceans. These education materials have been developed into lesson plans that fit seamlessly into the Australian National Curriculum across several subjects. Each lesson links with specific National Curriculum objectives, are able to be included in teachers’ day-to-day duties and allow teachers to “kill two birds with one stone”.
Once signed up, your school will be provided with these lesson resource materials, a 20-minute version of our A Plastic Ocean documentary and the first High Level Science Review supporting it, that supports and demonstrates the factual scientific content of the film.
Our partners in the UK and Hong Kong are continuing to develop more lesson plans, resource materials, discussion topics and activities with full instructions written for both mainstream students and those needing extra learning support. These will become available as soon as possible.
NATIONAL SCHOOLS CHALLENGE
Alongside our education program, the Schools Challenge calls on primary and high schools to eliminate single use plastics from their campus in 12 months. This program is tailored to your school and includes an Education Coordinator who is available to assist the set up of this challenge in person or via telephone and email.
Leading this challenge is our tripartisan schools’ team:
These schools are deep into the challenge, working to gather information about the plastic habits of their school and working on initiatives to encourage students and staff to reduce their consumption! They are also reaching out to schools in their local area to also join in on the challenge.
Stay connected with schools throughout Australasia by using our hashtag #poaschoolschallenge on your social media pages.
We would like to invite you to be part of these exciting programs. Please fill out your details on the contact us page and one of the Plastic Oceans Australasia team members will be in touch shortly.