Te Papa Taiao Earthcare framework
Papa Taiao Earthcare adopts a systems approach which integrates the Wai- Water, Moana- Sea, Whenua- Land and Rangi- Air. The reason for this is to encourage students to understand the complexity of the world around them and to think in terms of inter-relationships and contexts. Students learn skills related to Water, Sea, Land and Sky so that they can apply these skills to enterprising Actions for a more sustainable future.
with support from mentors Students develop their ideas for a better world into enterprises.
Students collaboratively structure their enterprise to reflect their goal of building a better world. Each enterprise has a Chief Sustainability Officer and a director who will advocate for the environment and for improved social and cultural outcomes. Each enterprise has a financial officer. Each director has equal standing.
Save A Species
For students who elect not to start a business Save a Species adds context and encourages local Action on a high value ecological project.
Students are encouraged to research a species that has Nationally Critical threat status and found within 10km of their school.
After identifying a species students research how to restore their selected species. When they do this they find that species protection relies on habit restoration and protection, which in turn relies on local people and communities. Students then collaborate or work with local people and groups to plan and/or implement an Action or strategy.
Planning and implementing strategies or Actions to protect and restore local species is an ideal project for the Achievement Standards in Education for Sustainability.
Students learn the importance of relationships and the inter-dependence of people and their environment. Through Save a Species student begin using a systems approach to problem solving contemporary issues.
Students learn that an ecosystem is not just a collection of species, but that it involves living things interacting with each other and their non-living habitat. In Save a Species students learn that species are only part of a network of relationships.
Save a Species is a way of shifting thinking from the individual parts of a system to the whole. With this shift often comes a shift to project based inquiry learning where teachers become facilitators and fellow learners rather than experts dispensing knowledge.
The living Classroom process
using the outdoors as a living classroom PAPA TAIAO EARTHCARE ENGAGes STUDENTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION ACTIONS.
Students, in consultation with the school and community, select from one or more of the Papa Taiao Earthcare theme areas of Moana, Whenua, Wai or Rangi.
Students and teachers then work with a Papa Taiao facilitator to choose a local issue they wish to address.
Programmes of learning are then co-constructed to fit the students' needs and interests.
Students learn an Earth care skill set relevant to the issue they identify.
Papa Taiao Earthcare then organises local passionate skilful instruction to deliver and assess a skills- or industry- based NCEA Unit Standard course.
Papa Taiao Earthcare teachers deliver an Education for Sustainability and/or Education for Enterprise course where students are enabled to design, plan and implement an Action for a sustainable future.
The goal is for each student Action to be local and to have strong cultural and community connections that make the learning highly contextualised and relevant to the learners. Students will learn the process of sustaining and using natural resources from local kaitiaki, scientists, instructors and kaiako/teachers.
Courses are open to students from Year 11-13.