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Active citizenship for a sustainable future: Beyond school learning

Jocelyn Papprill

Education for sustainable citizenship is vital if we are to strengthen democratic processes and address complex, inescapable and seemingly insolvable “wicked problems”. For the past 4 years, Environment Canterbury’s Youth Engagement team has joined with relevant partners to facilitate 3–6 day experiential education residential hui for 14–15 year olds. Participants are immersed in the issues pertaining to the “wicked problem” of water management, as a significant social, cultural, environmental and economic issue that is requiring young people as citizens to engage their heads, hearts and hands.

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