Awards and Funding

Beeby Award to fund resource for teaching statistical investigations

The 2018 Beeby Award has been awarded to mathematics and statistics educator Dr Pip Arnold. Dr Arnold’s winning proposal is for a resource to support statistics teaching and learning in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The $30,000 Beeby Award is jointly funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO (the… Read more »

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press. Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing was funded by the Beeby Fellowship, a joint initiative by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the New Zealand Council for Educational… Read more »

Major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded four grants worth $102,000 in total in its 2018/2019 Contestable Funding Round. “The successful projects contribute to some of the National Commission’s priority areas, including the contribution of indigenous knowledge in shaping a sustainable future; and the importance of oceans to the wellbeing of people and… Read more »

Pacific meets West at architecture symposium

An architecture symposium aiming to bridge the gap in indigenous and western knowledge took place in Samoa this month, with support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Le Va Talanoa: The Return to the Fale was the first ever hands-on Architecture Symposium in Samoa. The talanoa (workshop) was open to students, professionals, academics… Read more »

Big Girls celebrate Suffrage 125

Giant puppets and paper lanterns lit up the Wellington waterfront in August in a special illuminated parade marking 125 years of women’s rights in Aotearoa. The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO supported the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust (REACT) to stage the ‘Big Girls’ parade, as well as an exhibition at Wellington Museum. Around… Read more »

Reflecting on NZ Model United Nations

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie reflects on the New Zealand Model United Nations event, held between 10 and 13 July. This event is supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.     When thinking of the United Nations and its myriad affiliated institutions, transparency and coherency are not the words which typically… Read more »

Major Grants funding round now open

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its 2018/19 Major Grants contestable funding round by 6 July. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $5,000 to the level of $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. The National Commission is seeking… Read more »

Speaking for the (kauri) trees

Kauri plays a significant role as a national icon in Aotearoa yet the species is under threat. Auckland based The Kauri Project received major grant funding through the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO last year to develop a platform for creative action to protect this precious taonga across the kauri lands region. At the… Read more »

Exploring Education for Sustainable Development approaches

An Enviroschools Kindergarten that focuses on embedding place-based education, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and global citizenship into their programme is providing inspiration for a research project funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The project ‘Exploring Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches in relation to benefits for Māori and Pacific Island children and… Read more »

Hate and the Internet panel discussion

There is increasing discussion about hate speech and the issues associated with the publishing and circulation of hateful content online. But what is hate speech? And what does it mean in a New Zealand context? Is it a significant issue in New Zealand – and for whom? And what are the appropriate responses? The New… Read more »