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.

Porirua Teachers, Principals and Students Make Nature Their Classroom

"If we want children to truly flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it" - Place-based educator, David Sobel.   Known improvements in well-being and education from connections with nature Plenty of evidence...

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Whenuatanga - Our Place

Jacqui Lees, Kaiwhakahaere / Team Leader at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten, reflects on their focus of strengthening the belonging and identity of refugee and immigrant children in their kindergarten.. Te Whāriki, our early childhood curriculum, talks about children having relationships with people, places and things, and...

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Waste Free Fundraising Habits at South End School

Lolly wrappers, chippie wrappers, takeaway cups, soft-drink bottles, glow sticks, balloons, streamers... school fundraising festivities are often a plethora of sugary foods, single use treats and unnecessary packaging. But South End School students and parents know it doesn’t have to be that way! Producing less...

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Kāpiti Students Activate Other Youth to Take Action on Environmental Issues

For many of the ten years Kāpiti College has been part of the Enviroschools network, their Eco Action group has involved a small and dedicated group of students and teachers. Now a seachange is in process with students from the college, in close association with...

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National Early Childhood Education Hui Celebrates and Nurtures Development

Our National Early Childhood Education (ECE) Facilitator hui was a time to celebrate and nurture the strength, capacity and knowledge in the ECE sector of Enviroschools. 85 Facilitators, Regional Coordinators and teachers from around the country came together in Epsom, Auckland for an amazing 3...

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