Seeking nominations for international science communicators award

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is currently seeking nominations for the prestigious UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science. This international distinction awards outstanding contributions of individuals in communicating science to society and promoting the popularisation of science. UNESCO writes: ‘By bridging the gap between science and society the benefits of scientific… Read more »

Whanganui champions International Jazz Day

Whanganui is hosting a celebration of jazz on International Jazz Day (30 April), with the help of a minor grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Jazz maestro Rodger Fox will direct a student workshop in the afternoon and bring an all-star lineup to town for the Gala Concert in the evening. Students… Read more »

Teaching philosophical thinking through children’s literature

Children as young as four can practise philosophy through children’s literature, according to educator and UNESCO Chair/University of Nantes Chair for the Practice of Philosophy with Children, Dr Edwige Chirouter. The renowned teacher educator and education researcher, who has written a practical book on the subject, will be holding free sessions for teachers in Auckland… Read more »

International refugee meeting

New Zealand participated in UNESCO’s International Expert Meeting on Public Policies Supporting the Right to Education of Refugees, held in Barcelona on 13-14 December 2018. Abdirizak Abdi, Lead Adviser Refugee and Migrant Education Support at the Ministry of Education, attended. He reports back on the meeting. The meeting brought together refugee education experts and practitioners… Read more »

Kauri wānanga at Waipoua

‘Kauri ki Uta, Kauri ki Tai: The Kauri Project Wānanga’ was held at Waipoua 15-19 March. Initiated by The Kauri Project (TKP) in collaboration with Te Roroa, Te Tira Whakamātaki, Reconnecting Northland, and Victoria University, the wānanga was supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Kauri Dieback Programme. One of the organisers, Chris McBride,… Read more »

Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans forum

Earlier this month, in partnership with Ngāti Kuri and thanks to a UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund (UCAF) grant from the National Commission, Auckland War Memorial Museum hosted the marine conservation forum Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans. This forum had an initial gathering within the rohe of Ngāti Kuri, followed by a hui at Auckland Museum… Read more »

Five new Youth Leaders appointed

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed five new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Liletina Vaka, Māia Tapsell, Morgan King, Nick Mailau and Shahin Najak. Raven Maeder is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Danielle Newton. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

“Let us never be silent about racism and intolerance”

Robyn Baker, Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO reflects on the recent terrorist attack and our individual and collective responsibilities for action. On Friday 15 March our beliefs about ourselves as a nation and as individuals were profoundly shaken. “How could this have happened here in New Zealand?” we asked ourselves, as… Read more »

March marine conservation forum in Auckland

Thanks to a major funding grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ngati Kuri and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum will host a marine conservation forum: Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans in March 2019. Significant and worsening threats to marine environments mean that urgent, internationally co-ordinated action to protect the global… Read more »

Nola in Vietnam

Nola Smart has spent her summer doing an internship in Vietnam through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). She writes about the experience. PMSA is a programme provided by the New Zealand Government to: enrich New Zealand’s ability to engage with Asian partners improve the international skills of our workforce establish connections between countries… Read more »