March 14, 2019
Teacher’s union backs student climate strike
The head of primary teachers union NZEI Te Riu Roa says tomorrow's planned school strike for climate change is a way children can learn the power of standing up for their beliefs.
President Lynda Stuart says the union has an active policy on climate change and has looked at issues such as how it can respond to economic transitions and the future of work.
Her own school has done a lot of work to teach children to care for the planet.
"We have a goal within my own school that's around children understanding they can make the changes in the world they want to see, that they have the power to do that, and I think this is a very important time for these mainly secondary schools students around the globe but also our primary school students and their families who are passionate about this," Ms Stuart says.
She expects many schools will use Friday's action as a springboard for discussions about the environment and related issues.
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