By Nicholas Everard
The recent big dry that has affected local farmers is continuing to create dire problems for the region. However, schools and child care centres across the Central West are using the devastation of the drought to teach children about the dangers of the weather event.
Through education, local children are also gaining a greater understanding of how a drought can affect a community.
Across the Central West, hundreds of farmers are without water and the necessary supplies to sustain a rural lifestyle. 99.8 per cent of New South Wales has been impacted by the drought, with many locals struggling to keep their farms afloat.
Local learning support officer Kameron Norris says it is important for our future generations to understand the dangers of a drought.
According to Mr Norris, the current drought is the perfect teaching resource.
“Students can look outside the classroom window and see the devastation the drought has brought,” he said.
“Many local children may stay in the region, many of which will enter a rural or farming life. It is so important for them to understand the intensity of the drought.”
Local schools playing their part
Schools across the region are also raising drought awareness and devoting time to gathering donations. Many local education facilities are doing their part to assist those in need.
Local schools and childcare centres are expected to continue their money-raising initiatives over the coming weeks.
How Chezzi told her children
Local Mother and ambassador for Rural Aid Chezzi Denyer has had to explain the devastation of the drought to her two children.
“It’s really hard. The kids have heard me on the phone and have seen me do deliveries out to farmers,” Mrs Denyer said.
“I’ve tried to explain to them that with no rain, everything dries up.
“We need water to survive.”
Mrs Denyer believes now is a better time than ever to educate local children.
“I think we need to teach our kids a lot more about drought awareness,” she said.
“At the moment, everyone is talking about drought. Through talking about it and education, comes change.”
Listen to Chezzi Denyer talk about her daughter’s response to the drought: