Month: September 2017

Interview: UNA NZ on global citizenship

What does global citizenship mean to you? Global citizenship is not determined merely by the number of languages one speaks, or the number of countries to which one has traveled. The following are essential elements of global citizenship: The wisdom to perceive the interconnectedness of all life and living. The courage not to fear or deny difference; but to… Read more »

New Zealand Social Sciences Conference

Educators and education experts will come together in Napier from 4-6 October at the 2017 New Zealand Social Sciences Conference to discuss the question ‘how do we develop global citizens?’. Social Sciences Commissioner Materoa Dodd will be representing the National Commission at the conference. She will be speaking as part of a roundtable discussion on… Read more »

Kids’ Polling Booth teaches civic responsibility

Around 300 children in the Wellington region aged 5-12 got a taste of democracy in action during the General Election thanks to the efforts of independent theatre company Barbarian Productions. With support from the National Commission, the group set up a mock polling station at Vogelmorn Bowling Club and invited children to cast their vote… Read more »

Six major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded six grants worth $125,550 in total in its UNESCO’s 2017/2018 Contestable Funding Round. The successful projects range from a collaborative wānanga aimed at finding solutions for kauri dieback and wider forest ecosystem conservation to a youth project focused on building the capacity of young people to make… Read more »

National Commission represented at Iwi Chairs Forum

Representatives of the National Commission attended the Iwi Chairs Forum in Whakatane on 3 August, hosted by Ngati Awa at Te Manuka Tūtahi Marae. Thanks to an introduction facilitated by Social Sciences Commissioner Materoa Dodd, Chair Robyn Baker and Culture Commissioner Dr Arapata Hakiwai were invited to profile UNESCO and share the current priorities and… Read more »