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.

Learning in, about and for the environment inspires Waikato Educators

Despite the challenges of planning an event through a global pandemic, high enthusiasm for engagement in biodiversity projects and extra funding saw a successfully the Waikato workshop held in October 2020. Read more about the benefits of bringing 25 educators and 12 experts together to...

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Local curriculum/ marautanga enriches learning at Te Kura o Pakipaki

Weaving their own marautanga/ curriculum with the kaupapa of Enviroschools allows tamariki and whānau to learn alongside each other and connect with their whenua and awa. As a deepening connection to the taiao emerges the maramataka is used to guide activities and strategic planning. Read...

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Tasman Mission provides a positive challenge for 2020

The Tasman Mission event is an annual challenge for groups of students from 7 -12 years old engaged in the Enviroschools programme in the Tasman District. Below is a recap of this positive event that helped build connections between students and provide a range of...

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Queenstown Lakes Enviroschools develop projects and practices

2020 was a challenging year for everyone and we want to mihi the teachers and students of Enviroschools in Queenstown Lakes District for their energy and passion towards creating a more sustainable world. Here is a summary of the amazing mahi being undertaken in their...

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Connecting with their place is central to learning - Central Otago update

Each Enviroschool completes an annual review of their sustainability highlights and achievements over the year, along with identifying challenges, plans and aspirations for the upcoming year. This is a summary celebration of the amazing mahi schools are carrying out in Central Otago schools and communities...

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