At the end of 2022 Enviroschools National team members Roimata, Katie and Esther had the opportunity to contribute to a specific piece of mahi for the Ministry of Education. This online suite of resources, Education for a Climate Changing Future is now available to support effective integration of environmental education across the curriculum in the Early Childhood sector. It provides strategies, activities, curriculum links and stories of practice to inspire learning journeys towards Climate Change Action as well as links to reference resources and organisations. There are recommended pukapuka/ books for tamariki and kaiako to help build an understanding of climate change and the implications for our environment, wellbeing and choices.
“Education has a critical role to play as it strengthens the ability of individuals and communities to positively influence the environment and society. Through informed choices, action, and innovation, people, young and old, can contribute to redesigning how we live and work – and help create a more sustainable future.” – Te Whāriki Online, Education for Climate Changing Future
To promote and unpack the different aspects of this resource, the Enviroschools National ECE team will deliver professional development via Zoom on the 29th of June. Those from the Enviroschools ECE network interested in this opportunity can find out more and register via a link, available in the Enviroschools team area or access the recording afterwards.
“Climate change highlights the importance of science knowledge and understanding, including mātauranga Māori of which there is so much to learn. Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a key foundation of Te Whāriki, ensures the relationship that tangata whenua hold with the land, and the values placed on the care of her, guides kaiako working with mokopuna to instil a love and respect for Papatūānuku. Kaiako are encouraged to develop curriculum that enriches children’s science-related thinking and knowledge and children’s development of working theories and learning dispositions in response to the world around them from a diversity of cultural perspectives.” – Te Whāriki Online, Education for Climate Changing Future