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21 May 2010
School students across the country can learn about Australia's 17 World Heritage places with the launch of Australia's World Heritage Places Education Program and Competition.
Heritage Minister Peter Garrett launched the education program and competition today, inviting students to discover the value and importance of Australia's many unique World Heritage sites.
"World Heritage sites are special places which are recognised and treasured by the world, not just by the nation where they are located," Mr Garrett said.
"It's important that young Australians grow up with an understanding and an appreciation of what makes the places on Australia's World Heritage List so special, and how they can be a part of efforts to help preserve them.
The education program is designed for students from grades five to 10 and is supported by a comprehensive set of lesson and activity plans, notes for teachers, informative fact sheets and curriculum links that enable teachers to use the program within their states curriculum.
"Places like the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are household names but places like the Willandra Lakes Region, Purnululu National Park and the Heard and McDonald Islands are not as well known, and this program will help students understand the significance of each and every place."
Mr Garrett also invited classes to enter the World Heritage website competition which is being run as part of the education program.
"Classes have an opportunity to design and build their own informative and imaginative Australian World Heritage Website with the opportunity to win practical prizes the whole class can use.
"I'd encourage teachers and parents to get behind this exciting program and help bring Australia's World Heritage places into classrooms across the country."
For more information on Australia's World Heritage Education Program and Competition visit www.heritage.gov.au/education