By Dr Jennifer Pearson

Youth Advisory Board

The executive are enthusiastic about the new initiative to create a Youth Advisory Board. The interest from young people applying from across Australia is encouraging. With the able leadership of Angela Colliver and David Butler the YAB will frame the way in which they need to work, the issues they believe are critical to advance EfS and resources they need from our members to action their recommendations. We will be able to launch the YAB in early April and we are looking forward to supporting them.

Sustainability Cross-Curriculum Priorities Project

The Sustainability Cross Curriculum Priorities (SCCP) project, led by Graeme Sawyer, was initiated in early 2018, is entering Phase 2.  It was agreed that the scoping phase of this work is complete and we are working towards a project proposal to have this work refined and edited to be a useful resource for teachers. The intention is to present this work to ACARA to make the links to the SCCP visible for teachers. The resource will also be placed on the ‘Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools’ website, sustainabilityinschools.edu.au. We all know how well EfS can provide context for valuable learning experiences for students.

EoI to develop classroom resources

Another initiative is the call for our members and contractors to send an Expression of Interest to develop resources. The funds became available because of the demise of the Australian Federation for Societies for Studies of Societies and Environment (AFSSSE). This was an alliance between Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), the Australian Geography Teachers' Association (AGTA), Business Educators Australasia (BEA) and the Social and Citizenship Education Association of Australia (SCEAA). This Foundation published excellent resources such as ‘Commonwealth Class Project’, ‘Australia-China project - Beijing 2008 Olympic Games’, ‘Arab Gateway’ and much more. Every effort will be made to have these available on the Getting Started website.

Chapters working together

During the ‘Chapter Check In’ meeting late February it was uplifting to hear about the many projects, networks and issues that are playing out across our large network. The discussion included the upcoming Federal elections and how AAEE must take this opportunity to lift up the need for EfS so that politicians view it as a critical element of the work to grapple with climate change outcomes. The NSW Chapter has a campaign format we can use to frame a national campaign around. The SA Chapter has offered their energy and contacts from The Change Agency to guide us. The ACT Chapter has recommendations about creating resources that they have found useful in advocacy work they carry out. Are you prepared to be noisy and persistent to get a National Action Plan and the reinstatement of the EfS schools network that was AuSSI?  Contact me with your ideas.

Thanks everyone for your efforts, Jennifer

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