Our aim: to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.
Sustainability has many different interpretations.
To us it means living in a country where people work with positive energy to connect with each other, their cultural identity and their land, to create a healthier, peaceful, more equitable society.
It means the regeneration of resilient, connected communities in which people care for each other and the environment.
It means valuing indigenous knowledge and celebrating diversity so that everyone thrives.
We believe this can be achieved if we learn together in empowering and action oriented ways.
Enviroschools is a kaupapa
The Māori word kaupapa encompasses words in English such as foundation, principles, ideology, vision, approach, and philosophy.
The Enviroschools kaupapa is creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through facilitating action-learning; where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature. It weaves in Māori perspectives, combining traditional wisdoms with new understandings. Importantly, our kaupapa reminds us to be in connection: to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.
Enviroschools is a programme
The Enviroschools programme supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.
The programme provides pathways from early childhood through primary, intermediate and secondary school and beyond. Through our collaborative approach of building strong relationships and sharing information, we are growing a collective puna mātauranga or pool of knowledge.
Enviroschools is supported by a national team, in partnership with around 100 national and regional partners, including the majority of New Zealand’s councils. Facilitators from these partner organisations work with a suite of resources to progress the sustainability journey.
Enviroschools is a movement for change
The total number of Enviroschools nationwide is now over 1,000. This network embraces over 260,000 children and young people, their whānau and thousands of their teachers. By building strong relationships and sharing and reflecting together the network is growing a collective puna mātauranga or pool of knowledge.
A focus on the journey not just the destination supports long-term participation; lasting changes can take many years to become embedded but every step is a change in itself. With over a decade of development and growth we are hearing people refer to Enviroschools as a movement for positive change in this country towards a generation of innovative and motivated young people who instinctively think and act sustainably.
See the wide range of Outcomes and Benefits now being experienced from this approach.