Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Creating 2025 - New Zealand's Cultural Future

Thursday 22 June 2000
Media Release

Creating 2025 - New Zealand's Cultural Future

A resource kit to help secondary school students think about New Zealand's cultural identity and the future is to be launched at Parliament tomorrow (23 June, 4pm) by the Associate Minister of Education, the Hon Parekura Horomia.

The Cultural Futures pack has been developed by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the NZ Futures Trust for use with the Social Studies curriculum in secondary schools and is to be distributed to schools free of charge.

The Chairperson of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Margaret Austin, said UNESCO works to advance peace through inter-cultural dialogue and the fostering of cultural diversity. The support of cultural diversity and the richness of creativity that ensues from such diversity has become a central focus of UNESCO projects in recent years.

"The words of UNESCO's Constitution - 'It is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.' - are as relevant today at the beginning of the 21st century as they were 50 years ago. What has become clear is that in a world where cultural co-existence is the norm, peace is very much dependent on the ability of individuals to be tolerant of difference and to respect other cultures," Mrs Austin said.

It has long been recognised that schools have an important role in fostering attitudes, values and skills which promote peace. But research also shows that if schools are to be effective in this role, teachers need practical curriculum resources, teaching ideas and student activities.

The Cultural Futures pack provides useful material to enable teachers to explore issues of cultural diversity and ways of thinking about the future in line with the objectives of the social studies curriculum.

Mrs Austin, who is a former Labour Government Minister and secondary school teacher, said the New Zealand National Commission hopes the pack will help young people to appreciate cultural diversity, to debate options for their futures, and to develop the skills they will need to create a positive world for themselves and generations to follow.

The Pack is divided into two main parts: the first focusing on cultural diversity and cultural interchange relates to Strand 2, Culture and Heritage in the Curriculum. The second part offers a series of tools for thinking about the future and is designed to assist teachers with the futures perspectives required by the curriculum. It is directed at Year 9 and 10 students (ages 12 to 15) and more specifically aims to help them:

* Become more aware of different ways of thinking about the future;

* Better appreciate that change has happened in the past, and that if you can change the present you can create the future;

* Better understand their spheres of influence in the change process;

* Become more aware of their own cultural identities, cultural heritage and options for future cultural expression;

* Become more aware of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature of New Zealand and the world and to value cultural diversity as a source for creativity;

* Become more aware of how culture and values shape thinking, imagining and behaviour;

* Become more aware of how global influences present challenges and opportunities for cultural interaction, diversity and creativity in the future.

Invitation to Media

Media are warmly invited to attend this launch in the Beehive Foyer, 4-6pm, Friday 23 June 2000.

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Rose, Secretary, NZ National Commission for UNESCO. Ph: 04 499 1004


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Spying On Politicians, Activists, Iwi, Quake Victims: "Failings Across Public Service"

A State Services Commission investigation into the use of external security consultants by government agencies has uncovered failings across the public service, including breaches of the code of conduct...

However, the inquiry found no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance by external security consultants on behalf of government agencies. More>>


Dope News: Binding Cannabis Referendum To Be Held At 2020 Election

The referendum on cannabis for personal use is part of Labour's confidence and supply agreement with the Greens. It could be one of potentially three referenda - decisions have yet to be made about euthanasia and changes to electoral laws. More>>


Vic: Victoria University Name Change Rejected

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change. More>>


PM's Post-Cab 17/12/18: Chief Justice, M Bovis

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's final post-cabinet press conference of the year focussed on announcing the appointment of Helen Winkelmann as the next Chief Justice, and an update on effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand. More>>


Law Commission Issues Paper: Use Of DNA In Criminal Investigations

In the 22 years since the Act came into force, it has become clear that the modern-day fingerprint analogy is increasingly inapt... Theoretically, whole genome sequencing could ultimately become the standard method of analysing a DNA sample. Such a development will give a new perspective on the concept of genetic surveillance in the criminal context. More>>

State Highways: $1.4 Billion For Road Safety Improvements

The Safe Network Programme will make 870 kilometres of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening. More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>





InfoPages News Channels