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