Education coordinator appointed to 'Kids Restore the Kepler' project
Fiordland's schools and early childhood facilities are set to lead the way in conservation education as the ‘Kids Restore the Kepler’ project enters a new phase. The Fiordland Conservation Trust (FCT) have this month appointed an education coordinator to fully integrate the project into the curriculum, beginning at pre-school and continuing through to Year 13. This role is funded by Kids Restore NZ in addition to their current sponsorship of the project.
With a background in teaching and conservation work, Caroline Carter will take up this role in April. Ms Carter has lived in Te Anau for the past 12 years and has been involved with this project since the outset.
Kids Restore the Kepler is a major conservation project with a difference. As well as having conservation goals seeking to reduce pests and reintroduce threatened species to the Kepler area, the project also has a strong education focus Ms Carter said. “The project aims to help Fiordland’s young people develop knowledge, values and skills so they may be confident, connected and actively engaged learners, who are able to care for their environment now and in the future”.
While the Department of Conservation, under contract to the FCT, oversee the operational work in the Kepler area, the education programme is a collaborative effort involving students, teachers and parents from Fiordland College, Te Anau Primary and Mararoa School, Fiordland Kindergarten, Southern Stars early learning centre and the wider community.
This is an exciting model for the future of education in Fiordland. It’s no longer about an individual school working in isolation from another, but about Fiordland children of all ages interacting and learning together and with their community to further the health and well-being of their environment Ms Carter said.
If you would like to know more about the Kids Restore the Kepler project or to find out how you can get involved contact Caroline Carter at: firstname.lastname@example.org