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ECU and local schools celebrate Earth Day

Tuesday, 01 April 2008


Over 500 primary school students will celebrate Earth Day with an exciting program of activities being held at Edith Cowan University's (ECU) Mount Lawley Campus.

Earth Day will be celebrated around the world during April to promote education and awareness of environmental issues.

ECU, in collaboration with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), has invited 10 metropolitan primary schools to visit ECU's Earth Day Expo at the Mount Lawley Campus.

Students will learn more about the world around them through an extensive range of activities led by a number of environmental education providers with the support of university staff, pre-service teachers and the Mount Lawley Senior High School Bushranger Cadets.

Students will learn about sustainable living and protecting the environment for future generations through earth lessons, animal encounters and street theatre.

Issues such as threatened species, salinity, wildlife rehabilitation, recycling and alternative energy will be explored through fun and interactive sessions with industry partners including Ribbons of Blue, Kanyana Wildlife Centre, Maylands Environment House, and many others.

The day also gives 35 of ECU's pre-service teachers the opportunity to gain experience working with children outside a normal classroom setting.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said the University is committed to environmental education and encouraging sustainable living.

"Helping younger generations to understand their environmental impact is an investment in our future" he said.

Professor Greg Robson, Head of the School of Education, said the event also acknowledges ECU's partner schools that support Education students during their professional practice.

"Our partner schools are very supportive of ECU's workplace learning program and the Earth Day Expo is one of our ways of thanking the schools that host our pre-service teachers" he said.

The Earth Day Expo will be held at ECU Mount Lawley on Friday, 4 April from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

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