How to Join "Kids Teaching Kids"September 12, 2014

Arron Wood, an environmentalist, established "Kids Teaching Kids" in 1999. In the span of fifteen years, the movement engaged more than 80,000 students all over Australia. Wood received an award from the United Nations for outstanding service to the environment in 2006.

So what is this about?

Young students take over the classroom. They teach one another about environmental issues, but it can be any topic. It's up to the children to determine it.

"Although we try to avoid politicising Kids Teaching Kids, they actually end up tackling a lot of issues which our politicians are arguing about in parliament," Wood said.

If you think this event won't make the world a better place, then you're right. We can't predict how these youngsters grow up. But we can do something about it. Besides, this program makes children aware of what is going on. The activities boost their self-esteem. It help them to be well adjusted, if not an active figures in the community in the future.

"Kids Teaching Kids" happens on the second week of September. If you haven't partake in it, then this is the time to make your move. Here are some suggestions:

Organise a trip to the garden. The genteel yard where colourful flowers grow can be the perfect location for such an event. It's about environmental awareness (and treat yourself if you can pull it off). Environmental factors like the pollution can affect the lovely view, so tell the kids about the air we breath. (Be glad about it!) The activity can shift to botany, which will be interesting. (No need to act like the early settlers, which can spoil the fun.)

Talk about TV programs. ABC Television shown "Naturally Australia" last month. It was a look at how the Murray River was formed, and at how it changed as a result of human use. "Walk on the Wild Side" may be a better option, as the show provides a voice to weird creatures. (Those who miss the September 8 airing will get another chance on the 15th.) If this won't engage the children, then try popular culture. It's about what is relevant in the telly, but let's exclude reality television shows.

Have fun at school. This seems silly, but don't forget that studying must be enjoyable. You're looking at those who have short attention span. They want your attention - and you're the only one facing them. Some subjects are disinteresting no matter how you try to be enthusiastic. Math is one. (It's not about counting their fingers.) It can be English language. (Can you guess which faces will be the young blood of Australian literature?) If you can succeed in the academics, then you will impress everyone. But there's a lawn outside that can be an alternative.

If you can't do any of the above, then be a volunteer. Go to the school nearest you. Ask your mates and colleagues if they know of any "Kids Teaching Kids" events. No help is big or small.

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