Youth Leaders at Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

UNESCO Youth Leader Charlotte Steel reports back on the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, which she and Māia Tapsell participated in. The National Commission sponsored a panel discussion called ‘Te Reo Boom’. Ko taku reo ko taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to… Read more »

Major grant funding round launches

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 18 June. Applications are being sought for ‘major grant’ funding worth between $10,000 and $40,000. “We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or initiatives that reflect our mission and strategic priorities,” says Robyn Baker, Chair of… Read more »

Nola contributes to youth perspective on public policy

The National Commission supported Nola Smart to participate in UN Youth’s Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference. She reports back. Held over four days, Year 8-13 rangatahi gather from across New Zealand for a civic education conference. The conference convenes to write the Aotearoa Youth Declaration which is a document that provides a youth perspective on public… Read more »

Designing for change

A new and improved version of Youthtown’s Design Change programme, run through Tauhara College in Taupo in Term One, has seen young people designing projects that reflect the values of global citizenship. In 2018, Youthtown, supported by a major grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and with the collaboration of the Raukawa… Read more »

Students explore histories through gaming

In 2018, the National Commission allocated a major grant to the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) in collaboration with Gamefroot, for their project Games for Tuia. The project supports youth to develop digital games to commemorate Encounters 250, which acknowledges the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa. Here’s… Read more »

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust delays Geopark application

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark (WWG) Trust has decided, in consultation with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, to delay its application for UNESCO accreditation of the Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Geopark (WWaG). This decision was made following recommendations made in a report commissioned by the Trust and written by Professor Patrick McKeever, a founding member… Read more »

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 »