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.

Our network response to Covid-19 - Strengthening Connections and Building Sustainable Communities

The pandemic response has provided plenty of opportunities to reconnect with our quality Enviroschools resources and share these with others in our bubble. Find out more about how our people have been approaching the current situation in a positive way, with manaaki, aroha and creativity.

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Collaborative Approach to Restoration of waterways and biodiversity in Tairawhiti Communities Creates Local Curriculum.

The WaiRestoration programme is being implemented in Tairāwhiti in a way that aligns to local priorities and water management goals. It strengthens classroom learning and actions undertaken in Enviroschools and provides a range of practical learning opportunities for all those involved. Find out more about...

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West Coast Enviroschools Roll Up Their Sleeves for a Litter-Free Aotearoa

West Coast Enviroschools’ are collectively taking a hands-on approach to a matter close to their hearts and homes - beach litter. Read about the benefits of a citizen science workshop series, the school and community long-term response and contribution to a national data base here.

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Rāhui 2020 – Vision Mapping and Planning for the Future at Thackray’s Hall

Using the Enviroschools Vision mapping process for our own place and people was something many in the Enviroschools network engaged in over lock-down. Ruairi Kelly, living in Manawarū, Waikato shares his experience. Find out more about the Vision for the Kelly family at Thackray’s Hall...

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Royal Road School – A Journey of Inspiration and Celebration

Royal Road School has been busy designing an amazing 5-metre banner and wall panels to visually show elements of the story of their growth and journey as an Enviroschool. The banner is the product of a long-term commitment towards creating a sustainable community, and empowering the young...

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