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April 2019

In April, we supported a number of exciting initiatives that encouraged knowledge and idea sharing and capacity building in Aotearoa.

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust delays application

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark 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.

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Workshops on philosophical thinking

Dr Edwige Chirouter, educator and UNESCO Chair/University of Nantes Chair for the Practice of Philosophy with Children, visited New Zealand in early April. She held free sessions for teachers in Auckland and Wellington, supported by a minor grant from the National Commission. These sessions explained techniques for enabling children as young as four to practise philosophy using children’s literature as a tool.

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Nola contributes to youth perspective on public policy

We supported our Aotearoa Youth Leader Nola Smart to participate in UN Youth’s Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference. She contributed to the writing of the Aotearoa Youth Declaration, a document that provides a youth perspective on public policy. 

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Whanganui champions International Jazz Day

Whanganui hosted a celebration of jazz on International Jazz Day on 30 April, with the help of a minor grant from the National Commission. This included a student workshop and a gala concert featuring an all-star lineup.

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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.

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Students explore histories through gaming

Young people in the Marlborough Sounds have been learning how to create digital games, with the help of National Commission major grant funding. Martha van Drunen from  Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage reports on her experience of the workshop she attended.

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