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.

Grounding the Vision at Paeroa

Secondary students create a canvas for a Living Landscape The concrete quad area that students had described as "barren" and "boring" has been brought to life after creating a Vision Map last year, as part of the process of becoming an Enviroschool. Local potter, Mike...

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Enviroschools in Secondary Schools - Creating Meaningful Learning For Life

Secondary professional development hui sparks interest Enviroschools Facilitator Jacque Knight stands at the front of the room, directing attention to the image of a person juggling too many balls. The slide, entitled ‘Teachers on Including Practical Projects’, is Jacque’s light-hearted reference to the struggle that...

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​​Enviroschools WaiRestoration flows into other regions

Since the WaiRestoration Hui in Northland in 2018 this project has continued to strengthen and more Enviroschools around the country are collaborating with their wider communities towards healthy waterways.  About 50 people from across New Zealand gathered in Kerikeri for the country’s first Enviroschools WaiRestoration...

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Students’ Actions Lead the Way in Zero Waste Education at Wakaaranga School – a four year journey

Eco Warriors with a Tiny Footprint When you attend Wakaaranga School Gala, one of the first things you notice is their colourful zero-waste station. The school has been proudly displaying its collection station for four years as a way of highlighting their journey toward zero...

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Community Leadership on Waste Reduction Emerges From a Love of Local Places

The natural world has always been highly valued at Imagine Childcare in Petone. As the tamariki, whānau, and team at the centre have become more connected to the world around them, they have begun to lead the community in reducing the impact of their waste...

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