Our kaupapa/what we do

The development of Enviroschools was driven by a burning question . . .

“Could school 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 passion and creativity of thousands of people turned this inquiry into a nationwide movement, with people of all ages working together to transform their places into healthier, peaceful, more sustainable communities.

Our aim:  to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably. 

Sustainability has many different interpretations. To us it means living in a country where people work with positive energy to connect with each other, their cultural identity and their land, to create a healthier, peaceful, more equitable society.

  • It means the regeneration of resilient, connected communities in which people care for each other and the environment.  
  • It means valuing indigenous knowledge and celebrating diversity so that everyone thrives.
  • We believe this can be achieved if we learn together in empowering and action oriented ways.

Enviroschools is a kaupapa *

The Enviroschools kaupapa is rooted in creating a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world through facilitating action-learning; where inter-generations of people work with and learn from nature. It weaves in Māori perspectives, combining traditional wisdoms with new understandings. Importantly, our kaupapa reminds us to be in connection: to love, care for and respect ourselves, each other and our planet.

* Kaupapa does not have a direct English translation but encompasses words such as foundations, principles or philosophy.

Enviroschools is a programme

The Enviroschools programme supports children and young people to plan, design and implement sustainability actions that are important to them and their communities.  

Recent Posts

Designing a ‘Sustainable Building’ and Garden Space

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The Enviroschools Action Learning Cycle drives the inquiry process at Waikino School and they are currently using it to explore sustainable building and gardens. Students work in vertical house groups in order to sustain and develop their Enviroschool initiatives.  Whatever … Continue reading

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