FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said school students of all ages in the New England Electorate will now be able to learn more about Australia’s important agricultural sector with help from a new range of online resources.
Mr Joyce said the Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne launched the first set of online teaching and learning resources created under the Australian Government’s $2 million Agriculture in Education initiative.
“These informative videos and resources will ensure all school kids – whether they are from the city or the bush – can gain an understanding of our primary producers throughout their school years,” Mr Pyne said.
Mr Joyce said the materials will help show New England Electorate students how diverse and economically important food and fibre production is to Australia.
“Through the Agriculture in Education initiative, New England Electorate schools can now freely access more than 75 high quality digital learning resources, all of which are aligned to the Australian Curriculum,” Mr Joyce said.
“This wonderful new learning suite will give students in this community the opportunity to learn all about food and fibre production, as well as the Australian agriculture sector as a whole.
“It’s important that New England Electorate students, like all Australian children, know exactly where their food comes from and how their clothes are made.
Mr Joyce said agriculture was proving to be one of the boon employment opportunity industries with jobs far outnumbering university graduates at a ratio of six to one.
“This is all part of the Government’s commitment to putting students first, and I’m delighted that students in our region will benefit as a direct result.”
Topics covered by the materials include: designing and making a financial plan for a market garden, free range chicken farming, food security, and sustainable production practices in food and fibre.
The resources are available to schools through www.scootle.edu.au They can also be accessed through www.piefa.edu.au and www.agrifoodskills.net.au