Clean up the Kimberley campaign


Clean up the Kimberley campaign

Reproduced courtesy of Clean Up Australia Ltd. Photograph by Matt Atkinson, Kimberley Visions.


Resource title: Clean up the Kimberley campaign, c 2006

Digital resource identifier: R7778

Resource description
A photograph taken in 2006 of a group of Aboriginal school children taking part in the ‘Clean up the Kimberley’ campaign.

Stage of schooling: Upper Primary

CCE focus: Citizenship in a Democracy


This photograph encourages students to explore how non-government organisations can influence communities and create social identity. The Clean Up the Kimberley Schools Day aims to teach future generations how to manage and protect the environment for a sustainable future. While focusing on waste, the schools day also involves education about wider ecological issues such as water quality, conservation and climate change.

Opportunities for Civics and Citizenship learning

‘Clean up the Kimberley campaign, c 2006’ provides opportunities for students to:

  • discuss ways in which campaigns can strengthen communities

  • explore how community events and campaigns might strengthen sense of identity

  • consider the role of volunteers in communities

  • find out about different community and environmental groups and what they aim to achieve

  • explore issues around protecting and raising awareness about the environment.

Ideas for the classroom

  • Ask students to look at the photograph and discuss what they see.

  • Provide them with background information about the ‘Clean up the Kimberley’ campaign and its links to the Clean Up Australia Day.

  • Divide the class into two groups and ask the groups to form two circles with their chairs facing each other and explain to students that they are going to share ideas around the concept that campaigns such as Clean up Australia help to create community cohesion.

  • At a given signal, pairs start their discussion. At another given signal, the outer circle moves to the next chair and repeat the process. Continue the rotation until you feel it is time to reflect on the discussion. Ask students to provide feedback on what they have heard.

  • To complete the activity, ask students to use their ideas to design a poster giving reasons why people should take part in the Clean Up Australia Day.