Teach the Teacher program takes southern NSW educators out of the classroom and into the paddock

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 // Breaking News, Featured // Comments (0)

Cotton Australia’s latest Teach the Teacher event has seen more than 50 educators in southern NSW learn more about the cotton industry.

More than 50 teachers from southern NSW took part in the Teach the Teacher event.

The Teach the Teacher program takes educators out of the classroom and into the paddock, with a tour of a local farm and gin to inform them first-hand of the industry.

They can then go back to their schools armed with accurate cotton knowledge to pass on to their students.

This week’s event saw the teachers visit the farm of Commins Enterprises at Whitton, where they were given a field tour and taught about the stages of cotton growth and picking.

The group then visited Southern Cotton’s gin to learn about cotton’s processing phase, which is in full swing in the southern valleys.

RivCott grower Sam Buster also addressed the group, telling his story in cotton and gave an overview of his operation, while Cotton Australia’s Ali Briggs spoke about curriculum resources available.

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with teachers reporting how they enjoyed learning about how sustainable and efficient Australia’s cotton industry is, and how they now felt empowered to teach their students about cotton.