This is the website of Global Focus Aotearoa; a small NGO based in Aotearoa New Zealand that for many years produced material examining global issues from a viewpoint based in the global education philosophy.
Global Focus ran a library, published periodicals, provided information, produced resources and supported international development organisations, students, academics and school teachers to increase their understanding of international development. The organisation received government funding for over ten years, this ceased in 2010, severely reducing the capacity of the organisation to carry out its work. Efforts to find other sources of income have not resulted in sufficient funding to make our work sustainable, and most of our services ceased in late 2011.
The Global Focus Aotearoa Trust Board is using the remaining financial reserves to fund projects based on our organisational values and philosophy (see box opposite)
This site includes an archive of our publications and resources, which are now free to access and download. These have been grouped under the nine headings on the top left of this page. Each section includes an introduction to the issue, links related to the New Zealand school curriculum and a list of our relevant resources, which link to downloadable PDFs.
Any resources that don’t fit under those topic headings are available on the Resources and Publications page.
Despite the fact that Global Focus Aotearoa no longer offers services such as our library or produces publications, we are still committed to seeing New Zealanders conducting themselves as responsible members of the global community.
Therefore Global Focus is establishing the Global Focus Fund, which will fund the development of accessible, innovative and lasting global education in Aotearoa New Zealand. The fund will be launched later this month and will invite online expressions of interest due by the end of January 2012. Watch this space for further information as it becomes available.