Educators look to the future

Conference looks at global challenges

Educators from across the Great Southern took an in-depth look at educating for the future on October 13 and 14.

With the aid of support from the GSDC, the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) held the inaugural Education Futures Great Southern Conference at the Albany Entertainment Centre.

The opening speakers were Western Australian Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley and futurist Dr Peter Ellyard.

Keynote speakers included Education for World Futures Director Professor Neville Bruce, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority Chair Professor Barry McGaw and Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity Stephen Hopper.

A host of support speakers presented a wide variety of workshop sessions on issues of interest to educators.

More than 300 educators and academics took part in the plenary and workshop sessions, looking at teaching practice and the Australian Curriculum in the light of futures thinking.

Futures thinking involves engaging with the global challenges of the 21st century, such as an increasing world population, scarcity of fresh water, the adequacy of food production and the depletion of fish stocks.

Workshops included sessions focusing on waste, sustainability and biodiversity.

Tambellup Primary School teacher Sue Sheridan took the opportunity to showcase A Smart Start, the early childhood learning program supported by the GSDC with Royalties for Regions funding through the Great Southern Regional Grants Scheme.

Participants in the conference said the event was informative and would help to develop their teaching.

Contact: Linsey McFarlane, ph. 9842 4888
Great Southern Development Commission