Stop Enviroschools Funding? Is this insanity?!


Can we afford for the Enviroschools program to be stopped?

In my opinion, if the government won't pay, then we need to find other ways. We cannot sit and let this insanity happen.

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Comment by Melita Nieuwhof on July 1, 2009 at 10:14pm
As a retired teacher, I can see this working if individual teachers are willing and enthusiastic. Enterprises were encouraged at the .high school at which I taught for twenty years. I like that term: ecopreneurs, Pete.
Comment by James Samuel on June 29, 2009 at 7:03pm
In case you missed it, here is a TVNZ piece from Sunday that shows what some schools are doing. Highly inspirational.
Comment by Lyz on June 28, 2009 at 10:11pm
My daughter goes to Hukanui - one of the gold Enviroschools. We will find a way to keep our program going, but I am concerned for all the kids who just won't get the chance. Our 'esteemed Prime Minister' has been getting his mug in the media with the 'Fruit in schools' program - nice one JK, but how about the bigger picture & getting the kids to GROW their fruit? Ever heard the 'teach a man to fish' aphorism????
Comment by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 8:42pm
Fair questions Debbie. If anyone from Enviroschools could answer these questions, I'm sure we would all like to know the answers.
Comment by Debbie Everson on June 27, 2009 at 8:38pm
I guess that I am not very informed at all because I did not even know about Enviroschools. Not surprising as I do not have any children. I had to do a bit of research. www.enviroschools.org.nz really helped to answer a few questions.

Enviroschools have a sense of place - Nature and people are nurtured and the whole school environment is a learning resource. Creating a sustainable environment is an ongoing learning exercise that fosters a greater understanding of the inter-relatedness between all living things and a concern for the particular place we live in.

Enviroschools are participatory - Enviroschools processes involve the whole school community. Students, teachers, caretakers, Boards of Trustees, families / whānau and wider community each have roles in actively creating and caring for their school.

Enviroschools have a sense of purpose - Students are inspired to be creative and become competent to make decisions and take action in their community. Learning is lived and reinforced at school. Teachers reshape and refocus everyday activities so that the potential for environmentally friendly practices is maximised. Adults act responsibly on behalf of the environment and serve as role models for young people.

This is all great stuff however I still have some questions:

1. How much is each school receiving for been part of this programme?
2. How is this money spent?

I am not saying that this programme should not be funded. I would love to see it in every school. But I would like to know that the money was been spend in the right areas, resources, tools, seeds for the children, not used by someone sitting in office.

Before I fight for any thing I need to have all the right information.
Comment by Pete Russell on June 27, 2009 at 8:00pm
I like your thinking Chris (C.Urchin). If we can support the kids to fund this themselves as an army of little ecopreneurs, then the program will have even more power in teaching the kids how to take real ecological responsibility. As the others have been saying, we don't need the government to fund these sorts of projects. In fact, now that I have had a night to sleep on it, my anger has turned to enthusiasm and energy. What if enviroschools, the kids and the rest of us start to see this as an opportunity to shift into independence mode? If a sound ecopreneurial business model is developed collaboratively with the kids, then I will happily invest in this venture... anyone else?
Comment by C.Urchin on June 27, 2009 at 6:37pm
There is a better way ... get the schools/kids growing there own vegetable seedlings and selling them onto local garden shops .. funky , monogrammed , in newspaper seed pots ,, presented in recyled beer case or tetra-pak 'trays' ... teach's enterprise/recycling/lifeskills to the kids , and if done properly will be a powerful funding source for the various schools programs like food growing ... I can tell you the garden centres will 'buy-in' to this as will the consumer. Ask yourself .. would you buy a tray of seedlings prepared by a loclalschool kid (who you may even know) ... or something mass produced by Yates (Orica) or similar ... no brainer .. I have tested the theory .. Pete this IS the way forward ... forget the Feds .. for now ... but watch them rush a venture that could so easily be created .... and then take credit for it lol! Lets do it!!
Comment by Roz Sainsbury on June 27, 2009 at 2:33pm
Hmm.... it makes homeschooling look like a pretty good option right now. Learning about living sustainably on this planet should not have to be taught as a separate subject anyway, schools will have to get creative and make sure this is covered in every aspect of a child's day at school... living sustainably and harmoniously on earth should be the curriculum with all subject areas weaving through. I don't believe this is
something that can be taken away, we all learn by doing.
Comment by Ariane Craig Smith on June 27, 2009 at 1:21pm
Yes, this is ridiculous - but are we surprised? Listening to John Key spouting pre-election you can hear he doesn't really have passion, just a lot of words. Enviroschools is a brilliant programme which should be supported right now more than ever, not cut. However I agree with James Samuels, that we have to stop relying on governments to support the things we hold dear. We need to take that power back into the hands of our communities and take responsibility for making the things we believe in happen. Can we take the message of Enviroschools to heart and find other ways to keep it going in our schools? Provide volunteer hours to assist the building of community and school gardens, share our knowledge, our seeds and cuttings - take an active role in our communities and school? Seek sponsorship for the programme Yes, the government should be supporting this programme. Yes, our complaints and anger can have power to affect our governments - but only if they are backed up by action on our part as well as words - just as those governments should only be given power if their words are backed by actions. In this case Key's actions do not support the words that so easily fall out of his mouth - so he obviously does not deserve the respect of being listened to. He seems right now far more interested in throwing the baby out with the bath-water.
Comment by James Samuel on June 27, 2009 at 11:57am
Do people really think that governments are going to save us? Do we really think that shouting and complaining gives us anymore power? Could it be that such an approach actually gives our power away to those institutions, by virtue of the inherent assumption (in that approach) that they are powerful?

What if we turned the other way and sought our own solutions to the issues, and assumed our own power to effect the positive change we desire?

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