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Imaginative digital journeys

How can young people make a difference in their natural environments? Nature Through Arts Collective is enabling young people and their families to learn about and get involved in some of New Zealand’s critical conservation challenges through a series of dynamic and imaginative digital journeys at nature sites. Supported by the New Zealand National Commission… Read more »

Iconic documentary heritage at He Tohu

Three of New Zealand’s iconic documentary heritage items inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World registers are in their new home at He Tohu, the new exhibition space at the National Library in Wellington. The 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand,… Read more »

Visit from Assistant Director General Natural Sciences

It was the National Commission’s great pleasure to welcome the Assistant Director General Natural Sciences, Dr Flavia Schlegel to New Zealand in March. Dr Schlegel was in New Zealand as part of a three week visit to the Pacific region, participating in a workshop organised by the International Network for Government Science Advice in Auckland… Read more »

Free Global Citizenship Education seminar

What is global citizenship education? Why is it important? And how do we encourage New Zealanders from all walks of life and at all ages to become responsible and active global citizens? The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is holding an evening seminar in Wellington on Monday 22 May from 5.30-7pm, featuring: Libby Giles… Read more »

Dunedin authors showcased at international children’s book fair

Children’s books created by Dunedin authors and illustrators were showcased at the iconic Bologna Children’s Book Fair earlier this month, thanks to a successful bid for a free stand by the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature. Bologna UNESCO City of Music invited the 116 UNESCO Creative Cities to apply, and the literary city’s proposal was… Read more »

Peer tutoring book launched

Former Beeby Fellow Jesse Pirini launched his book Peer Tutoring: A training and facilitation guide at the end of March. Developed during his Beeby Fellowship, the book provides practical, research-based strategies for anyone wanting to run a peer tutoring programme or to improve their own tutoring practice. “Jesse’s work is the perfect match for the National… Read more »

Representing the voice of youth

A standing ovation at an international UNESCO forum in March made the culmination of many months and long hours of work all worthwhile for 17-year-old Auckland Girls’ Grammar deputy head girl Scarlett Parkes. The driven year 13 student co-wrote an international youth White Paper on Global Citizenship with youth teams from 11 different countries, collaborating… Read more »

Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education

The National Commission shone the spotlight on global citizenship education in March, funding three representatives to attend the Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education in Ottawa, Canada. Education Commissioner Cheryl Stephens attended, along with teacher and global citizenship advisor Libby Giles and Year 13 student Scarlett Parkes from Auckland Girls’ Grammar who co-wrote and… Read more »

Visit to UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

The National Commission strengthened its Pacific connections with a visit to the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia in March. Chair Robyn Baker and Secretary General Vicki Soanes were hosted by the newly appointed Director of the UNESCO Apia office, Ms Nisha over three days. During their visit they participated in a series… Read more »

‘Big Girls’ celebrate New Zealand’s ethnic diversity

Seventeen ‘larger than life’ women dancing in the streets of Palmerston North caused a sensation at the city’s International Women’s Day Parade on 8 March.  The Big Girl giant puppets, designed to celebrate diversity in Aotearoa, represented women from a wide range of communities, including Latin America, South East Asia, Syria, Japan and Samoa. Some… Read more »