At the start of the lockdown in New Zealand over 7 weeks ago Professor Peter O’Connor began work on an arts based resource to support teachers when they would return to schools. The resource Te Rito Toi www.teritotoi.org was launched on April 23. A partnership between the NZ Principal’s Federation, the national teacher’s union and UNESCO NZ meant that when New Zealand schools reopened yesterday, they returned with a focus on the arts and student well being.
Te Rito Toi in the three weeks it was up received 225,000 page views from all over the world as teachers considered the best way back to school.
Peter will be presenting a webinar focusing on Te Rito Toi and hosted by the World Alliance for Arts Education and UNESCO as part of the International Arts Education Week next week. The webinar is a UNESCO-sanctioned project and will occur Monday 25 May from 14:00 – 15:00 NZDT (2:00 – 3:00 UTC).
In the webinar Peter will speak to Te Rito Toi in alignment with the themes identified by WAAE and UNESCO: arts education (and its diverse forms) and arts educators playing a critical role in fostering and transforming humanity, particularly in difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic. UNESCO hopes to highlight and amplify promising practices, which can benefit the future development of arts education during and after the pandemic.
The webinar specific page is up here
Thanks to Anne for sharing this.