The Government announced a new contract yesterday to support Enviroschools for the next 6 years and a new strategy for environmental education for sustainability.
Environment Minister Nick Smith & Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner said the Toimata Foundation’s $11.4 million contract would support the Enviroschools & Te Aho Tu Roa programmes in early childhood centres, schools & kura.
Dr Smith said: “Education is a powerful, long-term tool for improving how we care for the environment. If people feel connected to nature and understand the problems of species loss, water pollution, waste & climate change, they will make better choices during their lifetime.
“Enviroschools has already involved more than 100,000 children, 9000 teachers & 85 partner organisations. This new contract will ensure the growth of the programme and also puts a stronger emphasis on science connections. We want schools engaging with their local science community, with the programme linking to the National Science Challenges and supporting A Nation of Curious Minds.”
Ms Wagner said the draft national strategy released for public feedback would be a framework to engage & connect people to their environment and to their community: “It encourages collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders to support projects & initiatives to advance social, cultural, environmental & economic sustainability in New Zealand.”
Attribution: Ministerial release.