'School Projects' is a integral part of the Eco-Odyssey website and a core aspect of our foundation. We strongly believe that by integrating environmental education into all levels of schooling, children and youth will be better connected to their surroundings, and are likely to cultivate our natural world as they become the future stewards for our blue planet.
As we continue to grow as a foundation, our goals remain focused on providing children and adults with the resources to form educated beliefs and passionate connections to our living environment.
☛ The articles below highlight some our favourite organizations devoting their time, energy, and passion to developing school projects that are changing the fabric of communities and cultures, and most importantly shaping the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow!
Aotearoa, New Zealand
This unique initiative is leading the way in creating opportunity and intergenerational connections between children and youth, crafting a brighter future for New Zealand's communities, cultures, and environment.
As an independent organization, Enviroschools is partnering with over 70 agencies to address important issues facing New Zealand communities, encompassing social, cultural, and economic aspects of their everyday environment.
Over 800 schools are now active 'Enviroschools' and their students are now playing crucial roles in cultivating balanced, healthy communities. From primary children learning to plant trees, to young adults designing, building, and caring for gardens, the Enviroschools Foundation is teaching New Zealand's youth to connect with their land and recognize the value of the natural world. In turn, participants are leading the movement of environmental conservation and changing the future of their nation.
To visit the Enviroschools website, click here: http://www.enviroschools.org.nz/
The Eco-Odyssey Foundation is deeply rooted in Taranaki, on the west coast of New Zealand's north island. Oakura is our home base, and New Plymouth is the nearby port city with a significant young population. The Enviroschools Foundation has 22 schools in Taranaki, with 3,715 students participating in their projects.
Developments and initiatives in this area include teaching students to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs, while learning the importance of soil structure, and weather's role in cultivation. Participants are taught how an organic approach to nutrition is vital to one's health, and how holistic practices relate to our history. Students learn the value of water when tending to gardens, and ultimately gain a better understanding of its life-giving purpose in our environment and on our planet.
For more on the fantastic efforts in the Taranaki region, here is a great link to stories of growth, discovery, and change.
A look at education in the 21st century. Let's consider the unique composition of our societies and the cultural changes we must now adapt to in order to formulate intellectual, environmental, and social educational systems for our young generations.
Formulated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (nzaee) and The Enviroschools Foundation.
This fear-inducing fish, the eternal poster shark for the "Jaws" fuelled anti-shark sentiment, the powerful Great white, also known as the 'White shark' is the ocean's top predator.
The White shark is also the largest of predatory fish, growing to lengths of over 6 meters (20 feet).
This shark is found in every ocean on the planet, and can adapt to sub-tropical and temperate waters alike. These sharks are the most feared of all shark species, and their jagged, exposed, multiple rows of teeth are certainly their most threatening feature.
Great whites have about 300 teeth at any given time, while back rows continually develop new teeth to replace ones lost over time. These sharks predate huge mammals such as seals, and they need strong jaws and sharp teeth to consume such large prey!
Despite the widely held belief White sharks are 'man-eating machines' and 'monsters of the sea', they are actually vulnerable, ancient, vital marine creatures, and deserve the respect of man.