Creating Change

The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.

When tamariki/ students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.

Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers.  The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other.  It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings.

In the following stories you can see how Enviroschools participants are learning with their heads, hands and hearts – connecting with nature, exploring indigenous wisdoms, forming relationships with tangata whenua, collaborating with people in their diverse communities, and finding out about their own qualities and passions.  Learning and action in Enviroschools does not just have environmental outcomes but social, cultural and economic benefits too.

Hononga Horizons - connections to the Enviroschools kaupapa, to each other, and te taiao

Recently the Enviroschools Manawatū – Whanganui (Horizons) facilitation team came together in Whanganui for a professional development hui. This hui was about Hononga - our connections to the Enviroschools kaupapa, to each other, and te taiao, with a focus on coastal or beach (tātahi) environment.

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As Sacred Heart School in Reefton celebrates their one-year anniversary of becoming an Enviroschool, Kaiako Rose O’Connor reflects on how she is now far more environmentally aware and ‘walking the talk’. She has made big changes in her household and reports that the students in...

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Lockdown inspired creative online sharing with a positive outcome for Waiheke High School

Waiheke High School students, staff and community can now confidently say that they are a Bronze Enviroschool. Their enthusiasm to continue the holistic reflection process was not dampened by the COVID lockdown and led to an innovative on-line sharing and decision-making process.

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North East Valley Normal School students tell Otago Regional Councillors their vision for the future

This is a collaborative approach to telling a story of empowerment and influence. Teacher Theresa Bowen, from North East Valley School sets the scene describing the opportunity for students to present to ORC. Robyn Zink, Enviroschools Otago Regional Coordinator, outlines the process and preparation and...

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Learning Barefoot at Paekākāriki

Paekākāriki School have worked with Enviroschools to build on their place-based ‘barefoot learner’ principles to reach a stage where spending time learning in the natural environment is an integral part of their programme. This helps give ākonga a sense of belonging and citizenship - an...

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