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September 2017

Our biggest news in September was the announcement of our six major grant recipients. Congratulations to the successful applicants!

Five learning journeys

Watch: Five learning journeys

Five inspiring women shared their learning journeys at the official launch of Adult Learners’ Week this month, organised by ACE Aotearoa and supported by the National Commission. Each has an amazing story to tell – from rising up through backgrounds of abuse and addiction, to discovering a love of learning after dropping out of school, to studying English as a refugee from Syria, to an Indian woman’s rediscovery of her self-identity and self-confidence. 

Successful funding applications

From a collaborative wānanga aimed at finding solutions for kauri dieback and wider forest ecosystem conservation, to a pilot programme for Peace Week, to supporting the New Zealand Festival to bring the largest ever fleet of waka hourua to Wellington, we are delighted to announce the award of six major grants through our 2017/18 contestable funding round.

Photo: Te Mana o te Moana – the arrival of the waka fleet to the Festival of Pacific Arts in the Solomon Islands. Credit: Rawhitiroa Photography

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'Through Our Lens' Pasifika workshops

Fourteen rangatahi Māori filmmakers travelled to Rarotonga, Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti this month to work with young people in each nation. Organised by the Māoriland Charitable Trust and supported by the National Commission through the UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund, the aim of this project is to create new Māori film leaders who will connect and collaborate with their peers in the Pacific.

Kids cast their votes

Around 300 children were given the opportunity to cast a mock vote at a Kids’ Polling Booth in Vogelmorn, Wellington in the days leading up to the General Election and on the day itself. They could also dress up as protesters and stand up for the causes that mattered most to them. In addition, Jo Randerson and Thomas Lahood from Barbarian Productions, who organised the event with the support of the National Commission, talked to children from schools in the local area about the voting process and issues that concerned them.

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Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

Read messages and news stories from around the globe about UNESCO-related International and World Days that happened in August:
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