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.

Students seek a sustainable future with community

Waiotira students seek a sustainable future together with their community through showing an understanding and awareness for Ecological Sustainability, Conservation, Guardianship and being environmentally aware. (School Policy). Read more about what practices and actions they have undertaken and what they plan for the future.

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Persuasive presentation helps push for positive change

Students at Mt Aspiring College are showing what it means to be empowered. They took the initiative to write to their then Mayor, Jim Boult, to ask to become an Enviroschool (despite adults unsuccessfully lobbying for several years). Their proposal was so powerful that he...

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Wiping out Waste with Cloths in Early Childhood Enviroschools

Conscious actions enable us to make a difference to issues by treating our resources as taonga that they are. Early Childhood Enviroschools around the country have been taking on the issue of hygiene waste. Below is a collection of examples of how this has been...

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Tumblers help turn around rodent issues at Tatuanui School

A composting and wormery project at Tatuanui School was a perfect example of supporting student-centred learning, featuring problem solving, collaborating, communicating and resilience-building along the way with the bonus of reduced waste and supersonic soil.

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Growing a Living Learning Landscape at KiNZ Mission Heights

KiNZ Mission Heights are continuing to create a centre environment that is a living sustainable learning context that fosters a greater understanding of all living things and helps develop a sense of respect and belonging for their place. Read more about their journey here.

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