OLLIE SAVES THE PLANET - BACKGROUND
Ollie Saves the Planet is the second in a series of interactive environmental education programs produced by Sustain Ability International. The first program, Ollie Recycles, came out in 1997 and was distributed free to all primary schools in Victoria and hundreds of other primary schools around Australia.
Realising that the concept could be expanded and taken to the world, Sustain Ability International directors, Jane Stewart and Peter Broadbent, took Ollie Recycles to the United Kingdom, where they were overwhelmed by the positive response. Says Jane: "They had never seen anything like it. We had discovered a truly needed product in a lucrative overseas niche market for our interactive environmental education program."
In November 1999, Ollie Recycles was released in the United Kingdom. By July 2001 every primary school in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland had received a free copy.
Today, the more sophisticated Ollie Saves the Planet program has been supported and embraced by organisations connected to the waste, water and energy industries, government departments, manufacturers of materials, recyclers, educators and environmental groups. In short, it is the only program in the world that involves all these disparate groups.
Over the past three years, Peter and Jane have travelled the world showing Ollie Saves the Planet to industry, government and education leaders in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, the United States and Malaysia.
By attracting funding for the program from local organisations, Sustain Ability International is able to target the program to the specific circumstances, specific curricula and the cultural and religious sensitivities of each and every market in which it is launched. Feedback from children, teachers and parents is used to continually improve the program.
Funds also pay for one free copy of the CD ROM to be distributed into every primary school in each country it is made for and teacher training programs are created for local educators.
"Our goal is to create strategic partners in countries all over the world, funding the creation of new localised programs linking together communities from all over the world," says Peter.
CURRENT AND FUTURE PROGRAMS
FEATURES OF THE OLLIE SAVES THE PLANET PROGRAM
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