George Kain reads a soft cover copy of George the Farmer.GEORGE the Farmer has kicked another goal for his creators Simone Kain and Ben Hood.
Following on from the initial success after the launch of the George the Farmer app in July, Hello Friday duo Simone and Ben – who is formerly from Naracoorte – have been told by the Primary Industries Education Foundation that their farming character will be appearing in the Australian School’s Curriculum for 2015.
Being included in the curriculum as a valuable resource for teaching children about farms, farming practices and food and fibre production, Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said: “(George the Farmer) will help young children better understand life on an Australian farm and help raise the profile of farming in a positive way.”
A survey conducted with school students by the Australian Council of Educational Research in 2012 revealed 75 per cent of Australian Year 6 students believed cotton socks came from animals and 45 per cent could not identify that everyday lunchbox items such as a banana, bread or cheese originated from farms.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics also reported a dramatic decrease of people remaining in farming as a career with about 300 farmers leaving the industry per month for 30 years prior to 2011.
The United Nations has predicted that by 2050, food production worldwide will need to increase by 60-70 per cent.
This lack of knowledge about farming practices and food and fibre production, coupled with the decline of people taking up farming as a career and the increased requirement of food to feed Australia and the world could cause serious implications for Australia and the world’s future in terms of food security.
“The people who will be solving these issues in 2050 are either currently in kindergarten or yet to be born,” Simone said.
“The main aim of George the Farmer is to bridge this gap in knowledge. This national endorsement is a real coup for us.
“I believe it will be pivotal in securing George the Farmer’s long term success and viability as a children’s character who has the opportunity to assist in reducing future food security issues.”
The app, which includes the first story, “George the Farmer Plants a Wheat Crop” educates 1-8 year old children about how farmers plant crops while explaining what foods wheat is used to produce once it has been milled to make flour.
Along with the story, there are three activities including a sing-a-long to the theme song, written and sung by co-creator Ben.
A soft-copy book of the first story was released last week and is available through the George the Farmer website and various local gift and book stores to date.
The next story due for release early next year follows George and family during shearing time on the farm. The story will highlight to children how sheep are looked after by farmers to produce the best quality wool, how shearers shear a sheep and which products wool is used to produce.
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