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BOP teachers to inspire environmental education

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Seven Bay of Plenty teachers with a passion for the environment have been selected to take part in a national environmental education programme.

The BLAKE Inspire for Teachers programme is set to take place on Monday September 28.

About 33 primary and intermediate teachers from all over New Zealand will come together in Auckland for the five-day, residential programme.

BLAKE Inspire for Teachers aims to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and learn practical ways to integrate environmental education into their own school programmes.

The programme, which is funded by the Ministry of Education, aims to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and learn practical ways to integrate environmental education into their own school programmes.

BLAKE CEO, James Gibson, says the 2020 BLAKE Inspire programme follows the success of last year’s inaugural programme and this year it will focus on four key environmental issues New Zealand is facing.

“Feedback from teachers who took part in the 2019 inaugural programme was extremely positive, and this year we have enhanced the programme to focus on four of New Zealand’s most critical environmental challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss and marine and freshwater health.

“At BLAKE we want to educate people about these key challenges and help them understand what they can do to help protect the environment for future generations. Teachers play a huge role in that, and so this programme is designed to give them practical ways to teach their students, and importantly, inspiring them with success stories from people, organisations and businesses that are already making positive changes.

“If teachers can gain skills and confidence to pass on this knowledge through their school programmes, then we are achieving our mission of reaching more and more of our rangatahi,” says James.

BOP teachers selected:

  •   •    Rachel Thompson, Kids Greening Taupo

  •   •    Sue Walker, Kawerau South School

  •   •    Kohuroa Ruwhiu, Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa

  •   •    Katarina Haewera, Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa

  •   •    Mihi Cook, Te Kura Mana Maori o Whangaparaoa

  •   •    Taiarahia Melbourne, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Orini ki Ngāti Awa

  •   •    Te Homai Tukiri, Te Kura O Te Teko

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