Loren Hope

Ngunguru School, NZ, - Earth Ed Primary School Teacher

Workshop title: "earthEd - To feel grounded and connected to ones people and place; Practical steps Towards Ecological Literacy and Kaitiakitanga in Schools and Early Childhood Centres"

This presentation discusses how the earthEd programme has been set up, the successes, and challenges and how to overcome these. It gives a 'how-to' guide around developing an environmental education programme specific to your children and to your surrounding habitat/eco-system, with ideas around accessing financial, knowledge and resource support. Come along and learn about easy, practical steps you can take to integrate kaitiakitanga into your everyday learning and/or use your local habitat to reach out to young people and their families, through connecting and taking action for their environment on large or small scales. Participate in a mini action planning session to hit the ground running when you return to your school or centre.

Personal Bios: I grew up under the protection of Mount Taranaki where I spent my days, as many others of my generation, exploring and enjoying the riches of the natural world here in Aotearoa. We lived, to swim in rivers, go eeling, climb trees, make huts, camp at the beach, explore for critters, forage in gardens, go tramping, and sit by fires under stars. These childhood experiences shaped my values as an educator, in an era that has changed dramatically for young people. I am a primary school teacher at Ngunguru School, currently designing and facilitating an ecology and kaitiakitanga programme for students from Yr 1 to Yr 8.
The earthEd programme provides rich and real opportunities for young people to enjoy, connect and develop empathy with the natural world. It aims to inspire kaitiakitanga as an innate way of life and develop ecological literacy, using strong scientific methodology in monitoring and taking action for habitat. I also have an interest in permaculture, holding a design certificate, and have presented at various teachers workshops around Education for Sustainability and learning in, about and for the environment.

Loren Hope