DairyNZ’s education programme is a full curriculum to teach children aged 5-18 about science, environment, economics, health, nutrition, animal welfare and, of course, cows.
All schooled up
A key part of the programme is to educate children through teachers. DairyNZ achieves this by creating resources and experiences that help teachers meet their student educational goals. The focus is on creating engaging learning experiences.
The Rosie’s Education website (rosieseducation.co.nz) allows teachers to build their own lesson plans. More than 11,000 lesson plans have been downloaded from the site, comprising more than 117,000 individual teaching resources.
First time on a farm
As part of their classroom studies, schools can also visit a dairy farm to lock down what they’ve learned in class. For most children, this is a completely new and memorable experience. More than 21,000 children (along with their teachers and parents) have visited a dairy farm through DairyNZ’s Find a Farmer service. Dairy farmers host the schools, sharing their story to help kids make a connection between the dairy products they love and how milk is produced on-farm.
The Rosie Show
Rosie, DairyNZ’s cowbassador, was the star of the show at DairyNZ’s Fieldays education site, where children were excited to have their photo with her.
Seven performances of The Rosie Show were held on the Village Green during Fieldays. The live show drew crowds of children and parents who enjoyed finding out about rural life through the funny and interactive performance of city boy Matt, who comes to visit his cousin Becky on the farm. To watch the show online, visit rosiesworld.co.nz.
By the numbers…
102 Auckland school visits in June.
408 teacher conversations at Auckland school visits in June about the DairyNZ education programme.
73 schools visited a farm as part of DairyNZ’s education programme from June 1 2016 to May 31, 2017.
7 Rosie Show performances at National Fieldays.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy July 2017