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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday 18 November 2003

Support from Origin Energy helps teachers Save the Environment

Origin Energy is supporting a group of committed educators from the Global Education Project in Victoria and South Australia to help deliver a powerful workshop on global education to teachers across each state.

The energy company will supply a free copy of the Ollie Saves the Planet CD-ROM to each teacher attending the workshop to help communicate the ideas of global education and sustainability.

As a major supplier of gas and electricity in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Origin Energy cares about encouraging the responsible use of natural resources and is committed to supporting programs such as 'Ollie Saves the Planet' and the Global Education Project.

The Global Education Project is contracted by the Australian Government's overseas aid agency (AUSAID) to provide professional development in global education to teachers and trainee teachers. The project’s goal is to provide a coordinated approach for teachers in government and non-government schools to develop the knowledge and skills needed to integrate global education into the curriculum.

Jonathan Hayman from the Global Education Project in Victoria has received overwhelming response from teachers attending his sessions. "Not only are they really interested in global issues, but they’re also thrilled to receive a resource they know will communicate effectively to their students back at school."

Caroline Smith from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne is also impressed with this professional development program. "Students today are growing up in an increasingly complex world and it’s vital for them to learn about issues of poverty, human rights, and environmental sustainability. Teachers are inspired by this program and they also think the Ollie Saves the Planet CD ROM is a wonderful resource that will support their work."

"The easy-to-use program is highly interactive and its message of sustainability in all facets of our lives is easy to understand. It fits neatly with the existing curriculum, which makes it easy to incorporate into lessons plans," she says.

The Australian-made and developed Ollie Saves the Planet Program is designed for 5-13 year-olds and uses a cast of cartoon mates, headed by Ollie, who cycle and skateboard their way through saving the planet. The program's message is ecological and social sustainability and the importance of reducing our impact on the environment.

For more information about the Global Education Project and its professional development sessions sponsored by Origin Energy contact the following people:

Origin Energy – Chandran Vigneswaran Tel: (03) 9652 5711
Global Education Project (VIC) – Jonathan Hayman Tel: (03) 9824 8355
Global Education Project (SA) – Mark Wildy Tel: (08) 8221 6744
Ollie Saves the Planet Program – Jane Stewart Tel: (03) 9817 7722


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