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.

Connections with Nature and Community Develop Together at Local Reserve

A nature connection movement is emerging within schools and early childhood centres in Wellington City’s northern suburbs. Sparked by a teacher professional development experience run by Enviroschools and the Porirua Harbour Trust, teachers and students are experiencing the benefits of connecting with nature and connecting...

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Kaiako Connect Together at Engaging ECE Education Hui

Debbie Upham, Enviroschools Coordinator for Auckland Kindergarten Association reflects on a day of environmental learning, contemplation and relationship building at Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Enviroschools Tāmaki Makaurau - Early Childhood Education Hui.

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And They’re Off! Student-led Creativity in EVolocity is Electric

High school students taking part in the EVolocity schools programme are finding new ways to innovate and collaborate together, as they discover skills they never knew they had. Teams of high school students join together to design, build, and race their own electric vehicles and...

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Sustainable Communities Through Kai

Kai is central to any sustainable community.  Growing, cooking and sharing kai can bring communities closer together and closer to te taiao/the environment. Over five years two regional groups of schools went on a learning journey to delve deeply into kai and the role it...

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Generation of Changemakers Emerges at Greytown School

A whole-school enquiry into sustainability at Greytown School has led students to research ways they can reduce waste in their community. When it came to the all-important action-taking aspect of the inquiry, each class focussed on a different stage of the waste hierarchy and were...

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