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May 2018


This month we revised our strategic plan, including some of our strategic priorities. We'll be on the lookout for projects that match these priorities through a major grants funding round in July. In the meantime, we're pleased to share some of our May highlights with you.
 

Call for entries: Beeby Award 2018

Applications are now open for the Beeby Award, which supports development of an innovative learning resource based on high quality research. Worth $30,000, the Award is a joint initiative of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The successful applicant/s will need to reflect our aspirations for a socially just and equitable society.

Photo: Dr Clarence Beeby, first Director of NZCER in 1934 and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO from 1948-49.

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Exploring Education for Sustainable Development approaches

Paparārangi Kindergarten, 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.

Image courtesy of Paparārangi Kindergarten


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Kauri Project hui

One of our major grant recipients, The Kauri Project, held a hui at Matatina Marae in Waipoua Forest on 6 and 7 May. The hui brought together artists, scientists, mana whenua and other iwi representatives to discuss and create a shared understanding of the needs of the forest, the people and, to develop a continuing platform for creative, scientific and mātauranga action in support of our taonga, kauri. This was the first of a number of events building towards a major multi-disciplinary wānanga.

Image courtesy of Chris McBride.

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Hate and the Internet discussion

We were one of the supporters of InternetNZ’s panel discussion Hate and the Internet, held in Wellington on 22 May. The booked out event opened the floor for a conversation on internet trolls and hateful comments – from race and religion, to sexual orientation, disability and gender, and our right to freedom of expression. A stakeholder agency forum was also held on the topic that same day. To view the live streamed version of the public event visit InternetNZ’s website. You can also read about it on Stuff.co.nz

Photo: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, who chaired the event. Credit: Dianna Thomson

National Commission meeting update

At our National Commission meeting in May, we agreed on a refreshed version of our strategic plan up until 2021. The revised document will be available on our website shortly. Our Youth Reference Group, which has the new name ‘UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders’, met in the same week and were able to meet with the National Commissioners for the first time since the new members came on board in February.

Watch: What does GCED mean to you?

At our Award in Global Citizenship Education event at Parliament last month we asked a few people what Global Citizenship Education means to them. Here’s what they said.

Little Landers Literature

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is excited to partner with the Pulse Energy Highlanders rugby team in a new pilot programme, Little Landers Literature, designed to encourage primary school pupils to read more. A significant body of research shows that reading for pleasure at a young age leads to a range of improved life outcomes, including health and wellbeing.

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International Days


Read messages from UNESCO HQ about some of the UNESCO-related International and World Days that happened in May:
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