Imagine a generation of innovative and motivated young people, who instinctively think and act sustainably. It is a vision that is already becoming a reality for some schools through involvement in the Enviroschools programme.
What is an Enviroschool?
The Enviroschools Programme integrates environmental education into the whole of school life, creating learning opportunities by working towards a healthy, peaceful and sustainable environment. With support from the school community, students plan, design and take action to create a sustainable school.
The programme aims to equip young people with the skills they need to be leaders in sustainability. We see a world where students are actively engaged in environmental change that will have significant effects on the school, community, nation and planet.
We see young people with a holistic sense of the environment, and the ability to confront and challenge the barriers to a sustainable future. Action projects, undertaken by Enviroschools, have both environmental and educational outcomes that benefit the school and the wider community.
We offered a free half-day workshop for Enviroschools teachers and facilitators keen to delve into the Holistic Reflection process in some depth. This workshop took place on Thursday 16 May at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices in First Ave, Tauranga.
The workshop was run by Sandy Bell-Jameson from the Enviroschools national team. Sandy comes with an extensive background in the Reflection process and offered insights into the benefits of reflecting, some tips for kick-starting the process, and how to involve your whole school community.