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August 2020

Kia ora tātou,
 
Last night the National Commission was supposed to be hosting the Global Citizenship Education Ideas Exchange at the National Library in Wellington. However, given the current situation across New Zealand with COVID-19 alert levels 2 and 3 implemented, and because many of the speakers were joining us from Auckland, unfortunately we had to postpone. When the Ideas Exchange has been rescheduled we’ll send out a new invitation. Find out more about what will be happening at the Ideas Exchange.

In the meantime our thoughts are with everyone in Auckland and the many people who are working so hard to keep the people of New Zealand safe and healthy. Thank you and kia kaha.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the sharing of dangerous misinformation and rumours, including far-fetched explanations of the origins of the virus, how it can be cured and who is to blame for its spread. Conspiracy theories undermine science, facts and trust in institutions, and pose an immediate threat to individuals and communities.
 
“Conspiracy theories cause real harm to people, to their health, and also to their physical safety. They amplify and legitimize misconceptions about the pandemic, and reinforce stereotypes which can fuel violence and violent extremist ideologies,” Said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

 

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The United Nations Association of New Zealand is hosting a webinar on youth activism, next Tuesday at 6pm.

In the spirit of International Youth Day 2020, on Tuesday 25th August UNANZ and UN Youth New Zealand will jointly present a webinar with a focus on youth activism around the world in achieving the 2030 Agenda: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

The panel will include Anna Golden (Global Youth Advisor Panel member of Plan International Ireland), Ishan Kokulan (UN Youth New Zealand), Pedro Chaves (Levante Popular da Juventude Brazil), Talei Cama (UNICEF Fiji), and Yumiko Shinya (UNICEF EAPRO). 

Tue 25th Aug 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm NZST

To register free: https://events.humanitix.com/youth-for-the-2030-agenda

Māori Language Moment 2020
 
Māori Language Week has changed this year, with emphasis on getting one million people speaking te reo Māori – even for a moment. On Monday 14th September at midday New Zealanders are encouraged to use te reo as a collective act.
 
Find out how you can be part of the moment: https://tuku.reomaori.co.nz/

Local authors inspire school children via Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature workshop tour

In late July 2020 Dunedin primary school children had the opportunity to be inspired by two of Dunedin’s most engaging children’s writer-illustrators, thanks to a free workshop tour offered by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

Award-winning children’s writer-illustrators Robyn Belton and Kathryn van Beek visited four schools over two days with their one-hour workshop.

The Director of Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature Nicky Page says the workshops aim to inspire and engage children in reading, writing and illustrating.

“We know that enjoyment of reading at a young age is associated with improved life outcomes, so as a City of Literature we want to support a love of these things,” she says.

“It is wonderful having our local writer-illustrators heading into primary schools, sharing their work and having the children participate in creating an illustration and writing a story. And both Robyn Belton and Kathryn van Beek are exceptional at engaging with young people, not just on the page but in person as well.”

Kathryn and Robyn, who had led similar workshops in the past, said working with children in schools is a joy. “The kids come up with the most delightful story ideas, and something fun and surprising happens during every visit,” they said.
 
https://www.cityofliterature.co.nz/news/article/3179
 

                            Nethui 2020
 
The National Commission is a sponsor for Nethui – Internet NZ’s annual conference. This year Nethui will be hosted online, and any questions you might have about that are answered here.
 
Register for Nethui:
 
https://nethui2020.lilregie.com/booking/attendees/new


 

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