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Sustainability in schools

The Ministry of Education is the Government’s lead advisor on the New Zealand education system, shaping direction for sector agencies and providers.

The challenge: Supporting teachers to incorporate sustainability and global citizenship across the curriculum

Expo 2020 was planned to take place over six months in Dubai and bring together 190 nations and 25 million international visitors. The Ministry of Education came to us to create a web resource for teachers and students that aligned with the New Zealand pavilion’s theme of ‘Care for People and Place.’ It needed to provide a call to action as a catalyst for teachers and students to engage in local projects and relevant inquiries.

Our solution: A multifaceted website that encourages local action

Early engagement with schools highlighted the need for a solution that would provide guidance and resources but also the flexibility to tailor and localise the approach. 

We designed interactive pathways, allowing learners to explore the concepts of tūrangawaewae (understanding where I stand), kaitiakitanga (caring for people and place), and whakapuāwai (flourishing ever forward). Pathways are rich with ideas for inquiry questions, activities to discover more about the topic and interpret findings, suggestions for how their learners can take action, and links to carefully curated external resources. Throughout the website teachers can save elements into a pātaka (a storehouse), helping them gather ideas that resonate and build their own approach. 

The outcome: Learning that is place-based, inquiry-led, and focused on participation for change

While Expo 2020 was one of the many casualties of the Covid 19 pandemic, the website Pūtātara (‘call to action’ in te reo Māori) was designed to outlive the event, and has become a much used and valued resource.

You can explore Pūtātara here