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Wānaka Primary School students help keep oceans rubbish free

Posted at 6:41am Thursday 05 Nov, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka Primary School is one of 12 Otago schools to sign up to an innovative programme helping educate young Kiwis on how to help keep our oceans rubbish free. 

The Nestlé for Healthier Kids Sea Cleaners programme, created by Nestlé New Zealand in partnership with Kiwi non-profit organisation Sea Cleaners, gives schools across the country free access to tools and resources to help kids understand the impact of litter. It aims to educate young Kiwis about how their individual actions can have a positive impact on the planet, while helping to tackle the rubbish problem currently plaguing waterways.  

The programme provides lesson content and a variety of resources to help students to categorise and analyse rubbish correctly, including free clean-up kits made from 100 per cent reusable and recyclable materials, including paper collection bags, cotton gloves, and guides to help students correctly sort the rubbish. 

Wānaka Primary School teacher, Markus Hermanns, said the project was a perfect fit for one of the citizen science projects he runs with some Year 6 students. 

“The Nestlé for Healthier Kids Sea Cleaners programme is a great addition to the environmental programmes we currently take part in as a school, focussing on educating students on rubbish in lakes and waterways, and helping students understand the challenges, as well as direct actions, they can take to help keep oceans rubbish free, now and into the future,” he said.

As well as extracurricular science groups, Wānaka Primary involves its students with Chris Arbuckle's Touchstone Project, facilitating a number of community-based environmental sub-projects around Lake Wānaka

“This programme provides another opportunity for us to protect our lake and the creatures that live in it,” said Hermanns. “We are planning our dedicated clean-up activity to take place in the middle of this term, with around 25 students eagerly getting involved." 

Read edition 999 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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