Food And Fibre Education Support

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A Shorten Labor Government will secure the future of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA).

PIEFA was originally funded by the former Labor Government in 2009 and is the lead body for food and fibre education in Australian schools.  It plays an essential role in coordinating; facilitating and managing resources and teacher professional learning to support Australian schools to deliver high-quality outcomes.

  • PIEFA is a membership backed organisation with engagement from 11 Rural Research and Development Corporations and provides support to all initiatives designed to teach school students about the source of their food and fibre production and the various career pathways.
  • PIEFA has had continuous membership by the Federal Government since its inception in 2009.
  • The Morrison has not renewed its membership for 2018/19.
  • Visit piefa.edu.au for more information

Stats

In 2012 PIEFA commissioned the Australian Council of Educational Research to undertake a study into students’ perceptions of the agriculture sector.  The results were shocking and have been well-documented since.  These included:

  • 74 per cent of students believed cotton was an animal
  • 25 per cent of students thought yoghurt was a plant
  • 45 per cent of students did not identify bread, cheese or bananas as farmed
  • 40 per cent of students believed farming damaged the
  • 50 per cent of students did not think there was science in primary
  • 55 per cent of students did not think there was innovation or IT in primary

LABOR'S PLAN

A Shorten Labor Government will secure the future of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA).

Funding to be provided through the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water

The funding to PIEFA will be for continued membership at $100,000 pa over a four-year period ($400,000 ex GST in total).

For 10 Years PIEFA has been working with our schools to ensure our kids know where their food and fibre comes from, how it is produced and how important the sector is to our economy.

The Foundation also alerts young Australians to the many career opportunities in the agriculture sector and it’s vision is for “An Australian Community that understands and values its primary industries sector.”

  • Labor will continue to support the work of PIEFA to ensure that the approximately 3,600,000 students enrolled in Australian schools have access to food and fibre specific curriculum content.
  • Labor understands and values Australia’s primary industries sector and seeks to decrease the disconnect Australian school students have as to knowing where and how food and fibre is produced.