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Welcome to the education for sustainability kete

Sustainability is a critical issue for New Zealand – environmentally, economically, culturally, politically, and socially. We need to learn how to live smarter to reduce our impact on the environment so that our natural resources will be around for future generations.

Here to help - Hei āwhina

This community is designed to help teachers engage students in relevant learning about sustainability, and encourage them to act sustainably and contribute to the well-being of New Zealand.

It does this by making connections between the learning areas, vision, principles, values and key competencies of the national curricula - The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Schools can keep savings from energy reduction - here's how

From this year, schools get to keep any savings they make if their energy spend is below a funding cap based on the previous year’s expenditure. There’s already specific information to help schools manage their energy use available on the EECA Business and the National Energy Research Institute websites.

Both sites have a wealth of information specifically designed for schools including guides on how to become energy efficient, case studies, fact and action sheets and brochures.

  • EfS in the curriculum

    Sustainability is a significant theme throughout the national curriculum. Find out about effective teaching and learning in education for sustainability here.

  • EfS in Schools

    Schools choosing to include a sustainability focus can do so in a number of ways. Explore ideas for both primary and secondary schools here.

  • Curriculum Resources and Tools

    Sustainability-focussed teaching and learning opportunities. These ideas are cross-curricular, and include a range of resources and teaching tools.

  • Senior secondary

    Find out more about the new Teaching and Learning Guidelines and NCEA Achievement Standards for education for sustainability here.

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