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.

Effective integration of seaweek and science inquiry

Julie Low at Point View Enviroschool in Howick shares a learning journey from their middle school. They creatively planned their term 1, 2023 inquiry to integrate science and Seaweek. See below for a a snapshot of this wonderful example of genuine empowerment and curriculum integration.

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Empowered Tangata - Celebrating our Facilitators

This is a series of articles under one story where we celebrate the knowledge and skills, attitudes and values and energy that our Enviroschools facilitators bring to the community. We will continue to add to this as we "capture" their profiles. Tēnā rawa atu koutou....

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Rongoā supports hauora at Kimbolton Early Learning Centre

Over the past six months, Kimbolton Early Learning Centre has worked with their tamariki on establishing a rongoā garden and have been learning about various plants that can be used to support the hauora - health of tamariki, kaiako and whānau. Find out more here!

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An engaging range of support for the Enviroschools ECE sector

Here we highlight some of the many workshops, hui and zooms that took place in 2022 in the Enviroschools Early Childhood sector. We mihi to all those involved, especially the kaiako and facilitators who were involved in co-facilitating and sharing their wisdoms and experiences to...

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Empowering our people in 2022

Our Enviroschools people are our greatest asset. and in order to support facilitators and build competence in the network, the National Enviroschools Team provides professional development opportunities. These range from one-on-one couching, team building through to larger kanohi ki te kanohi or online events. Find...

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