The Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee has, as an important part of its charter, a role in delivering community education on matters relating to the Gippsland Lakes environment, to build understanding and capacity in our community to provide long-term custodianship of a healthy Lakes system. An important aspect of this activity relates to schools and young people, an area that is usually difficult and complex for government bodies to have influence.
Through the ‘Love our Lakes’ Enviro-Stories program, PeeKdesigns have successfully delivered a comprehensive, innovative and engaging program that has meaning and relevance to the participating schools and students in 11 primary schools throughout the region.
The keys to this success have been the ability to structure the program around our key messages and areas of interest and the curriculum needs of the schools. Through PeeKdesigns’ skills and ability to fully engage the partner schools, the program has been very well received, efficiently implemented and has raised the profile and knowledge of the Gippsland Lakes in this important cohort.
The program’s combination of hands-on discovery and appreciation, story telling, literacy and arts has educational and community appeal and builds a network of activity within and between participating schools. By creating flexibility for schools to choose their own specific themes, linking these to current scientific research, and connecting the activities of a broader range of partners including secondary schools, the program has created immense value and a foundation for future programs of its kind.
We congratulate PeeKdesigns on the innovation and professionalism of the program, which we consider to be unique in its format and highly beneficial as a tool for community education in environmental sustainability.