'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.
Since World War II, the Industrialization and Globalization of our societies, governments, and economies have generated what is now called the "throwaway" culture.
Over 1,500,000,000 Kilograms of plastic is produced every year around the world. Nearly half of that ends up in our living oceans.
Please be aware of your use of 'disposable' plastics, and take a moment to consider the permanent implications of buying, consuming, and throwing away a lifetime of plastic.
The planet is yours, be proud to protect it.