Horizons Regional Council has celebrated a significant milestone with Kākātahi School becoming the 100th Enviroschool in the region.
The Enviroschools programme supports schools nationwide at early childhood, primary, intermediate and secondary levels to develop, grow and deepen their sustainability practices.
Horizons environmental educator and Enviroschools regional leader, Sarah Williams says she is excited to hit this milestone.
“We would like to thank every city and district council in our region who have partnered with us to deliver the programme,” she says.
“Six years ago when I first took up this role, we had 43 Enviroschools. Through the partnerships we have with our local councils, we have been able to increase participation in the programme to 100.”
The Enviroschools programme engages in a range of environmental sustainability actions such as zero waste, kai/food production, biodiversity and biosecurity and water health and conservation.
While the holistic, action-based programme aims to empower and educate younger generations, it also aligns with Horizons’ vision to create a healthy environment where people are thriving, Mrs Williams said.
“Following Covid-19, we’ve had many more schools and early childhood centres not only engage with our environmental education activities, but also wanting to create long-term visions for sustainability in their communities,” she said.
“The Enviroschools programme supports schools and centres with that goal, and it has had great uptake.”
Find out more information about the programme here.