Global cit­i­zens

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A Melville Pri­mary School teacher has won a prize for his United Na­tions-in­spired pro­gram.

EMIDIO Boto wants his stu­dents to have an un­der­stand­ing of how gov­ern­ments work around the world.

The Melville Pri­mary School teacher was recog­nised for his ef­forts in the class­room with the United Na­tions (UN) As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia WA Divi­sion Ed­u­ca­tion Award at Perth Town Hall on Oc­to­ber 26.

“The UN is look­ing for teach­ers who run pro­grams that pro­mote global cit­i­zen­ship,” he said.

“I have, over the past few years, run a pro­gram that fosters the whole com­mu­nity of the world.

“Kids take up a dif­fer­ent na­tion, they ‘travel’ to each other’s coun­tries, they act as di­plo­mats, they learn about each other and we fo­cus on the sus­tain­abil­ity and de­vel­op­ment goals, which are the 17 dif­fer­ent goals that the UN has de­vel­oped to im­prove the world.

“The kids have to iden­tify in each coun­try what the tar­gets of those coun­tries are, such as clean drink­ing wa­ter and gen­der equal­ity, be­fore they come up with strate­gies so the coun­tries can reach those tar­gets.”

Mr Boto said he was awk­ward about re­ceiv­ing recog­ni­tion be­cause he felt he was just do­ing his job.

“A lot of peo­ple find the pro­grams I do fun but the rea­son why I do them like that is be­cause I find them fun as well,” he said.

“For me, it’s about the kids un­der­stand­ing that things are be­ing done around the world. We get a lot of in­for­ma­tion about how bad the world is but we do have a gi­ant or­gan­i­sa­tion that is work­ing to im­prove things.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d488203

World beater... Melville Pri­mary School teacher Emidio Boto with Year 6 stu­dents.

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