Many people and organisations have been involved along the way, each has had something unique to contribute. We visually map our progress each year in the annual Enviroschools Foundation Scrapbook, to record the people and events that are part of the journey.
Celebrating 10 Years!
Enviroschools began as a small, seed-funded project, supported by Hamilton City Council and the Community Environmental Programme, and piloted in three Hamilton primary schools. A founding partnership with Te Mauri Tau supported the development of the guiding principles and first Enviroschools Kit.
With support from the Ministry for the Environment’s Sustainable Management Fund and the NZAEE, the Enviroschools Programme became available nationwide in 2001. The establishment of The Enviroschools Foundation in 2003 provided leadership and a strong organisational structure to build regional partnerships with Councils and community groups around New Zealand. Funding from a number of philanthropic organisations was instrumental in the early stages of development. This was followed by a contract with the Ministry of Education between 2007-2009, where huge growth in the programmes occurred.
Through building relationships and working with innovative people, the original programme has now grown into three interlinked youth development strands - Enviroschools, Te Aho Tū Roa and Youth and Community - operating in range of contexts throughout New Zealand.
The Enviroschools Foundation 10th Birthday Celebration
Thanks to all who came and celebrated our 10th birthday with us in Hamilton (Wednesday 18th Jan).
We had a wonderful night with friends, family, regional and national partners. It was fabulous to share our journey over the past ten years (or more!) and we all look forward to the next ten.
Read about what Associate Education Minister and Māori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples said about the night here
A fun night was had by The Enviroschools Foundation Board and the National team in December as they celebrated the actual 10th birthday of the Programme and partnership with Te Mauri Tau!