Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia
'Agriculture in Education' resources now live!
PIEFA is very happy to launch 17 units of inquiry and 34 matching videos developed as part of the Federal Government's 'Agriculture in Education' project. A joint initiative of the Departments of Education and Training and Agriculture, these resources are aimed at mainstream teachers. The resources are built on specific outcomes from the Australian Curriculum and are engaging and motivating for students.
These excellent resources can be viewed here. They were launched on 18 May 2015 by the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, as the first set of online teaching and learning resources created under the 'Agriculture in Education' initiative ... read the Minister's media release.
PIEFA has released its May 2015 newsletter ... read more.
PIEFA's face book page.
Primezone is PIEFA's web portal of primary industries resources for schools.
PIEF is now PIEFA
The Primary Industries Education Foundation is now known as the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia or PIEFA (pronounced 'pie-fa'). Following discussions with an organisation with a similar acronym, the Board of PIEFA decided to make this small change.
PIEFA Conference 2-3 May 2016
PIEFA's Conference "We love food and fibre" will be held in Canberra on 2 and 3 May 2016. It will be a landmark event for food and fibre education drawing both presenters and attendees from a national and international audience. At this stage, speakers from the USA, England, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand and Israel are expected to attend and the Federal Ministers for Education and Agriculture have been invited to open and speak at the conference. Further details including dates will be available soon.
Our website www.primezone.edu.au is a one-stop web portal of primary industries resources for schools and the community. The site is searchable by the Australian Curriculum subject areas. We welcome feedback and information about resources that teachers are using and recommend to others. We are keen to promote news and events related to primary industries education via our website.
Five reasons to choose agriculture as a career
The World Bank has released a report than gives five compelling reasons for youth to choose agriculture as a career ... read more.
PIEFA developed the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools (PIPS) toolkit to build links between agribusiness and school classrooms and open up a wide range of career opportunities in Australia's primary industries ... go to PIPS toolkit.
Worrying levels of knowledge about agriculture in schools
A survey released by PIEFA shows that student and teacher knowledge of food and fibre production has declined to worrying levels. It reveals that 75 per cent of students thought cotton socks were an animal product and 45 per cent could not identify that everyday lunchbox items such as a banana, bread and cheese originated from farms. The survey is a wake-up call to government says PIEFA's Chair, Dr Cameron Archer.
PIEFA acknowledges DAFF, Woolworths and PIEFA members Meat and Livestock Australia, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Cotton Australia as supporters of the survey.