Europe’s her class­room

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

A Cen­tral Otago-based Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment worker is to travel to Europe next week to re­search dif­fer­ent cul­tures’ ap­proaches to mak­ing na­ture rel­e­vant, af­ter be­ing hand-picked for the Stephen O’Dea Schol­ar­ship. Com­mu­nity re­la­tions pro­gramme man­ager Tessa Bunny will study in Europe for a month to find or­gan­i­sa­tions and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes re­con­nect­ing peo­ple with na­ture. Miss Bunny was se­lected from ap­pli­cants across New Zealand for the schol­ar­ship, which was cre­ated in 1996 in mem­ory of Pu­nakaiki DOC field cen­tre man­ager Stephen O’Dea, who died along with 13 stu­dents when the Cave Creek view­ing plat­form col­lapsed in 1995. ‘‘It’s go­ing to be a full-on month try­ing to make the most of my op­por­tu­nity and get as much as I can out of it,’’ she said. Ms Bunny aims to find out more about philoso­phies and tools used by ed­u­ca­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Scot­land and Eng­land that en­cour­age peo­ple to de­velop an aware­ness and affin­ity with na­ture. She will at­tend the World En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Congress in Morocco. The con­fer­ence will ex­plore themes in­clud­ing the role of arts in en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, how en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion can be crit­i­cal to the wider com­mu­nity, and the role of so­cial me­dia.

Euro­pean ed­u­ca­tion: Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tral Otago com­mu­nity re­la­tions pro­gramme man­ager Tessa Bunny has won a schol­ar­ship to study in Europe.

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