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,