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


Teacher a Finalist For the Green Ribbon Environmental Awards

Press release    5th May 2012

Early Childhood Teacher a Finalist For the Green Ribbon Environmental Awards

Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced the finalists for the annual Green Ribbon Awards, which honour outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand's environment.

“The variety of organisations, individuals and projects in this year’s nominations demonstrate the diversity of environmental initiatives around New Zealand and the benefits they bring to our country,” Ms Adams says.

The finalists will attend an awards ceremony at Parliament on June 5, which is World Environment Day. Winners will be announced in each category, and then an overall supreme winner will be revealed.

Each nomination has been assessed by a panel of judges for significant environmental benefit, measurable and tangible results, innovation, awareness-raising and going the extra mile.

“All the finalists have shown great dedication and initiative. I am looking forward to meeting them and learning first-hand about the great work they are all doing to help New Zealand’s environment.”

There are 11 award categories and early childhood teacher Adam Buckingham, with his project “Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children”, is a finalist in the communication and education category.

Adam Buckingham is an early childhood teacher and an author; he presents professional development workshops in New Zealand and overseas, forging links with like-minded people in other countries, on reusing solid waste materials - ideas on turning trash into treasure.

Adam has designed and made innovative equipment for young children from solid waste, using materials from the home environment and the wider world, to inspire and enrich young children’s learning through manipulating and exploring real world objects.

Children explore and manipulate real world objects with their senses, developing self-confidence and perseverance and promoting imaginative play.

Familiar objects from home and the wider world presented in a different context give children concrete experiences to explore and gain control of their bodies.

This project has diverted waste from landfill and linked people from the wider community to the early childhood environment, knowing that they are contributing their solid waste to be transformed into something useful.

A wider social benefit from this work has been the involvement of parents, and in particular it has encouraged a rapport with men.

Through helping to obtain resources or helping to make equipment, parents engage with early childhood centres.

Encouraging more men to become involved with young children through this work, results in a significant social impact. Involving fathers and father figures benefits their infants and children and therefore, the whole family.

Adam Buckingham has published a book "Turning trash into treasure for young children" which was made in New Zealand as a resource for educators, to support 'education for sustainable development' in early childhood and provides tools for teachers to engage fathers and men with early childhood centres. It encourages the involvement of the wider community.

The book also encourages children to connect with the natural world and to nurture skills and attitudes at an early age that promote the development of environmentally responsible adults.

This project is innovative in utilising solid waste materials for education purposes, transforming it into learning experiences to benefit young children's learning.

For more look at   www.trash2treasure.co.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news