A REGIONAL waste group plans to start sustainability education sooner in the region’s youngest generation.
Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group’s new sustainability program will target early learning centres and primary school students.
Grampians Central West WRRG executive officer La Vergne Lehmann said the program has a focus on sustainability through guided activities that encourage active participation in early childhood sustainability learning.
The Get Grubby program features the characters Dirt Girl, Scrap Boy and Costa the Garden Gnome.
Ms Lehmann said the program covers ten units, which includes saving energy, being water wise, composting, worm farming and growing a food garden. She said there were “fun, practical activities” that focused on eco-celebrations such as Earth Day, World Water Day and World Environment Day.
“The program aspires to create confident, resilient and involved young learners by combining play and intentional teaching,” she said.
“It is a holistic approach that recognises the best outcomes for sustainability learning are achieved through practical activities that engage mind, body and spirit that build everyday behaviours.”
Ms Lehmann said the program was a great lead into the ResourceSmart Schools program, which is offered in more than 80 schools across the region.
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