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ECU student goes off the beaten track for sustainability

Wednesday, 11 June 2008


ECU Education student and Madeley resident, Caitlyn Haines has been selected to travel across Australia for the Australia India Universities Youth Forum, with the hope of becoming a sustainability champion.

Students from Australian and Indian universities will participate in educational workshops, events and activities focusing on sustainability. The selection process is highly competitive with only one student from each Australian university selected to participate.

Caitlyn is currently studying Early Childhood Studies, and believes that students are never too young to learn about sustainability.

"Sustainability is a very important issue at the moment" she says.

"As an early childhood educator, I think it's important to teach the youth of Australia how to protect and conserve our Earth for the future."

Starting in Sydney, the group will travel through Canberra, outback Australia and Darwin, camping under the stars in some places.

"I'm really looking forward to visiting Uluru and remote Aboriginal communities," says Caitlyn.

The Forum will develop links and foster understanding between Australian and Indian students and universities.

Students will come away from the Forum with information about ecological sustainability and the skills to become sustainability champions in their own communities.

Caitlyn believes the experience is a great opportunity to get outside her comfort zone.

"I'm looking forward to some new experiences that will help me once I become a teacher."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says it is great to see students actively pursuing learning experiences outside the classroom environment.

"Many of our students undertake study trips and exchange return with a wealth of new knowledge and experience that can be applied to their area of study" he said.

The Forum commences in Sydney on Saturday, 28 June. For more information about teaching careers at ECU, visit

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