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August 2019

GCED panel discussion

Thank you to those who were able to make it to our Global Citizenship Education panel discussion on 12 August, despite the cold and rainy weather! If you missed out, don’t worry – all five panelists’ speeches are on our YouTube channel - check them out for a range of fascinating perspectives on GCED. See our Facebook page for photos of the event.

Pictured: Panelist Jacoba Matapo

Chair reappointment

We are delighted to announce that Associate Minister for Education, Jenny Salesa, has reappointed Robyn Baker as Chair of the National Commission for a further three-year term. Robyn brings a wealth of knowledge relevant to the mandate of the National Commission and a great deal of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams.

Building connections in Apia

Secretary General Vicki Soanes and Senior Advisor Zuleika Chang travelled to Apia in July to meet with contacts at the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. The purpose was to re-engage with the current work programme, meet new staff and hear about their priority activities, as well as identify opportunities for collaboration.

Here they are pictured with the New Zealand High Commissioner outside Samoa’s first ever mural depicting the manumea (an endangered bird), on the walls of the New Zealand High Commission.

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'Reflections' book launch

It was a pleasure to reconnect with past colleagues this month when we hosted the launch of a book by Edna Tait, ‘Reflections of the work of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’, published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Looking back over 70 years, the book includes the reflections of people who have contributed to the Commission’s work. See our Facebook page for photos of the event. 

Shahin at World Conference for Kindness

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Shahin Najak was one of 10 youth leaders selected to draft a Declaration of Kindness at the World Youth Conference for Kindness in New Delhi this month. She reports back on the experience.

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Festival for the Future

Our Youth Leaders represented the National Commission and the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders’ work through an interactive stall in the ‘marketplace’ at Festival for the Future, which allowed them to meet and engage with hundreds of youth, community leaders and change-makers from around the country. 

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Report: Heliset Tte Skal - Let the Languages Live Conference

Professor Rawinia Higgins, Chairperson and Commissioner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission, shared some of her experiences and insights regarding the Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live Conference, which we supported her to attend and speak at in June.

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Oceans symposium to focus on protecting our oceans

The National Commission is sponsoring the Moananui: ocean sustainability stream of the Tuia 250 Encounters education programme with a particular lens around indigenous relationships with the ocean. The grant will cover expenses associated with a two-day oceans symposium 'Te Paepae o Tangaroa', held between 6-7 October. Korero will then continue in communities around Aotearoa.

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Youth Diversity Forum

We are busy organising a Youth Diversity Forum in Christchurch, which will be held at the beginning of October. Hosted in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission and Ngāi Tahu, this event is a response to the Christchurch mosque attacks on 15 March. The Forum will bring together more than 90 18-25 year old youth leaders. They will represent a range of cultures and backgrounds and discussions will focus on the future of race relations in Aotearoa.

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