Sustainability Education has evolved to become a broader concept than environmental education, encompassing ideas of environmental as well as social, economic and political sustainability. Its goal is to empower people of all ages to take responsibility for a sustainable future and to develop an ethic of care towards the natural world. The beginning of the United Nation’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in 2005 has brought a global commitment to promoting and improving the integration of Sustainability Education into all levels of education around the world.
Schools across Australia have an important role to play in delivering sustainability education to students and helping them to achieve more sustainable lifestyles, both at school and at home. The Ollie’s Island Program can assist schools in this charge by helping students to understand the complexity of the world they live in and to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to contribute to a sustainable future.
Jane Stewart is the Executive Producer of the Ollie’s Island Program and travels around Australia to deliver Train the Trainer, Train the Teacher and occasionally Student workshops about the Ollie’s Island Program. Her objective is to promote the program as widely as possible and to encourage educators to use it in their school and community sustainability activities.
Jane is also creating partnerships with a variety of organisations who will also run Ollie workshops. A list of these organisations and their contact details are listed below. This list will grow as more groups come on board.
For workshops in Victoria contact the Global Education Coordinator at the Victorian Geography Teachers Association
Tel: 03 9824 8355.
The Producers of the Ollie Suite of Programs are currently carrying out a national dissemination and promotional tour to showcase the Ollie Programs to teachers and students around Australia.