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Enviroschools is a nationwide programme supported by Toimata Foundation, founding partner Te Mauri Tau, and a large network of regional partners. Early childhood centres and schools commit to a long-term sustainability journey, where tamariki/students connect with and explore the environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.

 

Our Kaupapa

The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through people teaching and learning together.

Kaupapa is a Māori concept that has no direct translation in English but encompasses ideas of foundations, principles and philosophy. Our kaupapa guides all that we do and is embodied in five guiding principles that underpin the whole Enviroschools journey:

  • Empowered Students are enabled to participate in meaningful ways in the life of their early childhood centre or school. Their unique perspectives are valued for the knowledge and insight that they bring, and they are supported to take action for real change.
  • Learning for Sustainability recognises the types of teaching and learning that use connecting experiences to develop holistic and ecological perspectives, foster student enquiry, decision-making, action, and reflection, and create sustainable outcomes.
  • Māori Perspectives honours the status of tangata whenua in this land and the value of indigenous knowledge and wisdoms in enriching and guiding learning and action.
  • Respect for the Diversity of People and Cultures acknowledges the unique gifts, contributions and perspectives of individuals and groups, reinforcing the value of participatory decision-making and collaborative action.
  • Sustainable Communities act in ways that nurture people and nature, now and in the future, to maintain the health and viability of our environment, society, culture and economy.

 

The Enviroschools Programme

Every early childhood centre and school across the country is unique, with its own ecology, history, culture and community – so Enviroschools looks different in every setting. The journey of connecting with the place and its people is designed and led by each school or centre.  There are some key steps, or processes that many centres and schools have found valuable to undertake, as outlined in the diagram below. Experience has shown that the components of the Enviroschools process are not linear – they overlap, are revisited, modified and further developed, supporting schools and centres to develop their own holistic approach that deepens over time.

Exploring the Kaupapa

A great way to start your Enviroschools journey is for school and early childhood centre staff to explore the Enviroschools Programme in depth, celebrate where they’re at, and plan their process going forward.

Facilitator support

Enviroschools facilitators support the whole school/centre journey, assisting teachers, caretakers, school management and community members to integrate sustainability and Environmental Education into their roles including classroom learning, planning, policies and Enviroschools projects.

Envirogroup

The Envirogroup gives voice to student ideas and ensures that decisions are made in a participatory way and is made up of students, staff and community members.

Experiencing the environment

The Enviroschools Kit and Theme Areas offer activities and tools to support students’ sensory immersion in the environment, increasing their awareness of the world they are a part of.

Taking Action

A range of Enviroschools tools support students to collaboratively plan, design and take action on the issues that they are passionate about.

 

Whānau, Iwi and community

Connecting with tangata whenua, local organisations and whānau strengthens understanding of Māori values and enriches the learning and action process for young people.

Policies, strategies and care codes

Integrating sustainability and the Enviroschools kaupapa into strategies enables a whole school / centre approach.

Vision map

Is a visual representation of the aspirations, qualities and projects agreed by the whole school/ centre. It is displayed in a public place and guides the Enviroschools journey over time.

The Action Learning Cycle

Guides the whole school journey and individual projects. It enables children and young people to be empowered to investigate, explore ideas, make decisions, take action and reflect on the changes they have created.

Reflection and Celebration

Reflecting on the process, achievements and learning gives opportunity to deepen learning and celebrate the whole collaborative process along the journey.

  • Exploring the Kaupapa

    A great way to start your Enviroschools journey is for school and early childhood centre staff to explore the Enviroschools Programme in depth, celebrate where they’re at, and plan their process going forward.

  • Facilitator support

    Enviroschools facilitators support the whole school/centre journey, assisting teachers, caretakers, school management and community members to integrate sustainability and Environmental Education into their roles including classroom learning, planning, policies and Enviroschools projects.

  • Envirogroup

    The Envirogroup gives voice to student ideas and ensures that decisions are made in a participatory way and is made up of students, staff and community members.

  • Experiencing the environment

    The Enviroschools Kit and Theme Areas offer activities and tools to support students’ sensory immersion in the environment, increasing their awareness of the world they are a part of.

  • Taking Action

    A range of Enviroschools tools support students to collaboratively plan, design and take action on the issues that they are passionate about.

     

  • Whānau, Iwi and community

    Connecting with tangata whenua, local organisations and whānau strengthens understanding of Māori values and enriches the learning and action process for young people.

  • Policies, strategies and care codes

    Integrating sustainability and the Enviroschools kaupapa into strategies enables a whole school / centre approach.

  • Vision map

    Is a visual representation of the aspirations, qualities and projects agreed by the whole school/ centre. It is displayed in a public place and guides the Enviroschools journey over time.

  • The Action Learning Cycle

    Guides the whole school journey and individual projects. It enables children and young people to be empowered to investigate, explore ideas, make decisions, take action and reflect on the changes they have created.

  • Reflection and Celebration

    Reflecting on the process, achievements and learning gives opportunity to deepen learning and celebrate the whole collaborative process along the journey.

Enviroschools Support Structure

The vision of creating healthy, peaceful more sustainable communities involves bringing together many different skills, perspectives and resources. Building and maintaining a collaborative support network has been essential to the development of Enviroschools. The Enviroschools support model has multiple levels of collaborators, each playing different roles.

We mihi to the hundreds of organisations and our partners that have woven their contributions over 20 years, into the vibrant and resilient support model we now have.

Wider Community

Local business, community organisations and individuals

Schools and Centres

891 Schools (38%)

375 ECE (9%)

Regional Implementation Network

135 Facilitators

17 Regional Coordinators

National Hub

13 National Team members

Foundational partnership
Toimata & Te Mauri Tau

 

National Hub

Toimata Foundation in partnership with Te Mauri Tau holds overall programme development spearheading innovation and direction for Enviroschools nationwide and providing Enviroschools resources, facilitator training, mentoring and professional development.

Regional Implementation network

A strong network of regional partners bring skills and on the ground support enabling the implementation of the Enviroschools programme. They support Regional Coordination and facilitation. An Enviroschools Regional Coordinator directs the programme regionally and supports a team of Enviroschools Facilitators who work with schools and centres.

Schools and centres

Contribute staff time, project costs and capital investments to their Enviroschools, journey – enabling staff professional development, student-led projects, policies that promote sustainability and using Enviroschools as a holistic context for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Whåriki.

The wider community

Plays a key role in the Enviroschool’s journey. There is substantial support from local businesses, community organisations and individuals providing donated goods, volunteer time, advice and expertise. This helps schools and centres implement practical projects and fully develop their sustainability plans and visions.

 

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