Think­ing global wins award


Pa¯ tea Area School, whose motto is ‘grow­ing good peo­ple for a chang­ing world’, has re­ceived a na­tional award for its global cit­i­zen­ship ed­u­ca­tion.

The United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco) Global Cit­i­zen­ship Ed­u­ca­tion Award aims to ‘em­power learn­ers to en­gage and as­sume ac­tive roles, both lo­cally and glob­ally, to face and re­solve global chal­lenges and ul­ti­mately to be­come proac­tive con­trib­u­tors to a more just, peace­ful, tol­er­ant, in­clu­sive, se­cure and sus­tain­able world’.

‘‘These are all things we as­pire to be­ing, so to be recog­nised by Unesco’s board is just a huge hon­our,’’ prin­ci­pal Ni­cola Ngarewa said. ‘‘It’s a huge thrill es­pe­cially be­cause it’s not about out­smart­ing or out­run­ning the per­son next to you, it’s about what we do, grow­ing global cit­i­zens, young peo­ple who are aware of global chal­lenges and who are coura­geous and will­ing to make a change,’’ she said.

It’s about be­ing a good per­son, it tells all these kids from 5 to 18 years that what we do, all the things we are talk­ing about, be­ing coura­geous. Don’t close your knowl­edge in your school book at the end of the week, use it for change, it’s all true.’’

A group of stu­dents, staff and Board of Trus­tees mem­bers trav­elled to Welling­ton for the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony on Tuesday af­ter­noon. The school re­ceived $3000 and a cer­tifi­cate at a re­cep­tion at Par­lia­ment, hosted by Hon Jenny Salesa, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘In 2015, Pa¯tea Area School had some of the worst NCEA re­sults in the coun­try,’’ Robyn Baker chair­woman of the New Zealand Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Unesco said.

‘‘They also had high sus­pen­sion rates, low staff morale and a sig­nif­i­cant dis­con­nec­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The judges were im­pressed at how the learn­ing model the school in­tro­duced has turned the school around and en­gaged the whole com­mu­nity.’’

A con­tin­gent of staff and stu­dents from Pa¯tea Area School re­ceived a na­tional award from Hon Jenny Salesa, As­so­ciate Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, and Unesco’s Robyn Baker,

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