Creating Catalysts for Change – 2017 focus

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Our focus for 2017 is Creating Catalysts for Change.

The development of Enviroschools was driven by a burning question:
What if school could be a place that empowers young people to design, plan, take action and lead the change – in their classrooms, in their schools, in their neighbourhoods, in their country?”

The issues facing humanity can feel overwhelming; they are complex, interconnected, and global in scale. We often find ourselves saying, ‘every one makes a difference”, but we can just as validly ask “are we really?” How do we really know we are making a difference?  You might put out your recycling, compost your food waste, grow your own food, take public transport or ride your bike, but you still wonder if, in the scheme of things, things are getting better. The world’s population will reach 7.5 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach 11.2 billion in 2100. With only one Earth, the pressures on our planet are ballooning. It’s time to look how we as individuals, schools and communities can really “be the change we want to see in the world”, and how we can influence and inspire others.

Hutia te rito o te harakeke
Kei hea te komako e ko?
Maku e ki ake
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

Pluck the heart from the flax bush – where will the bellbird sit?
Ask me, what is the most important thing in the world?

I will reply, 
it is people, it is people, it is people.

The purpose of this focus is to provide inspiration and tools to support teachers to go deeper with existing issues and inquiry and allow classes and students to really explore how their actions can make a difference. Action is a core part of the Enviroschools kaupapa – What actions will bring about the changes that we want? How can these actions go deeper? How can our actions influence others?

The resources materials are available here:
Key Concepts and Questions

Pedagogy and Curriculum links

Teacher’s Learning Guide

Quotes to inspire and provoke

Other related resources

Workshops and events

Case studies and examples for catalysts for change

Download the Resource PDF

 

The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey 24 June – 2 July

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A great opportunity to get involved in some citizen science and use the Action Learning Cycle to identify the current situation of your living landscape at school.  The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey starts next week! http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys/taking-part

Waipa Earth Champions 2017

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On June 1st, 54 students from around the Waipa gathered for the 5th annual Waipa Earth Champions event organised by Waikato Enviroschools and local educators. Pūniu River Care Inc. members led the learning by talking about their Marae based programme … Continue reading

Waikato Enviroschools Funding closes 21 April!

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Waikato Enviroschools Fund closes on Friday 21 April.  Remember, your application must demonstrate clear alignment with Enviroschools Guiding Principles, and you must have communicated about your application with your Enviroschools facilitator. https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/community/whats-happening/funding-and-scholarships/enviroschools-grant-fund/

Curriculum integration at Waikino

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Lauren Bartram, Lead teacher at Wakino Primary shares how answering one question can lead you on a truly integrated learning experience. With so many curriculum areas, a real purpose/context helps us to understand why we need to minimise our impact on … Continue reading

The Waikato Enviroschools Fund is now open!

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This fund is available to all Enviroschools within the Waikato region that are actively involved in the programme and receive ongoing support from a facilitator. See full criteria here: https://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/community/whats-happening/funding-and-scholarships/enviroschools-grant-fund/ This link will take you to the SmartyGrants site where you will … Continue reading