UWF is committed to the development of young adult leaders (17-30), within a context of sustainable best practice.
In the international sphere as a Global Action Partner (GAP) with UNESCO and the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDS), we focus primarily on the following.
In the NZ arena our current field programmes focus on Water and Bio-Diversity, fostering, promoting and facilitating the celebration of the diversity and beauty of our environment and different cultures in New Zealand (and globally). We emphasise cultural harmony and understanding. Quality experiential education, socio-emotional learning and partnership-building are central to the above. Overall a holistic look at the impact of our actions and behaviours. We run five week-long programmes each year focused on tackling the important issues facing our future at the most grassroots level, each custom designed for the regions in which they operate:
Waterwise Engineering - Central Otago
Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) - National
Blumine Island Restoration - Marlborough Sounds
Waterwise Otago - Bannockburn
Waterwise Canterbury - Christchurch
Each has been bespoke developed by Programme Director Dr. Barry Law with a framework that places the student at the centre of decision-making and activity.
Over the course of a week, students are mentored by lecturers, teachers and community educators from a range of backgrounds to provide support and guidance into becoming independent learners that can share ideas collaboratively and work together to problem solve challenges along the way.
In 2007 our work was acknowledged by UNESCO as a model of quality learning and teaching for sustainable development at an international level, a partnership which continues to this day. As a result, each UWF Scholarship certificate will include the UNESCO Global Action Programme logo.
Our foundation programme where we have been working since 2002, focused on returning the island to its original state without introduced predators, and developing a sanctuary for native animal and plant species at risk.
An exploration of four primary issues pertaining to this most critical of resources. Students are exposed to, and interact with, all players in the water resource chain in the beautiful Central Otago region.