Kids swap hats with teachers for a day
  • Wednesday 26 August 2015
Sunshine Coast Kids teaching Kids 2014 Conference

Students across the Coast will swap places with the adults and become teachers for a day during the 2015 Sunshine Coast Kids in Action Conference.

Partly funded by the Sunshine Coast Environment Levy, the two-day conference takes place on  August 27 and 28 as part of the national 2015 Target Kids Teaching Kids Week.

Around 300 children from 22 schools across the region will come together to teach each other about an issue important to them under the theme Celebrating Catchment Connections.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Council valued its partnerships with the community and recognised that educating the younger generation was integral to achieving its desired conservation outcomes for the region.

“Kids in Action strengthens partnerships between young people and their local communities to assist them in becoming the region’s future environmental custodians and leaders,” Cr McKay said.

“Empowering children is at the core of the conference. Seeing the positive change other students have made on their environment and community shows delegates they too have the power to affect change.

“Kids in Action is a collaborative partnership between the Council, Unitywater, Kids Teaching Kids, Target, local schools, and environment groups to inspire the region’s future environmental leaders.”

Unitywater Executive Manager People, Culture and Safety Kenan Hibberd said Unitywater was proud to be a part of Kids in Action.

“We are committed to greener ways of working to provide the community with safe sewage treatment and clean water,” Mr Hibberd said.

“This conference gives us the opportunity to share some of our environmental practices and passions with the future environment champions.

“We have been working closely with some of the students and are really impressed to see how enthusiastic they are about protecting our precious ecosystems.”

Founder of Kids Teaching Kids Arron Wood said the Sunshine Coast Kids in Action Conference was one of the biggest events in the Target Kids Teaching Kids Week Calendar, inspiring hundreds of students to care for and take a lead in educating others about the local environment.

“To date, more than 100,000 students have been involved in the Kids Teaching Kids Program and I am very excited to see over 300 kids participating in the Sunshine Coast Council Kids in Action event here on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Wood said.

“Sunshine Coast Council are an exemplar of the sort of regional partnerships that Kids Teaching Kids can’t succeed without.”

Cr Jenny McKay said kids from Years 5 to 8 had been working and researching for months, with a lot of hard work, time and effort going into getting each topic ready to present to their peers.

“Students and teachers will share their experiences and learnings to encourage others to get involved and do the same,” Cr McKay said.

“Like in the workshop, ‘Everything flows to the sea’, Siena Catholic College will help delegates understand how much damage plastics in the river catchments can have on marine life such as dugongs and turtles.

“With the Peregian Springs State School, students will use their own real life example to show delegates how learning to be responsible for their litter to help them uncover the glitter in their school.

“And Talara Primary College students have created some fun interactive activities to help their peers discover why being sustainable is so important.”

Cr McKay said these were just a few of the diverse subjects students would learn about at the conference.

“We hope the students will go home, share these lessons with their parents, their friends and the rest of their schools.”