Introducing Climate change education in school curriculum

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Introducing climate change education and trainings in schools.

 

Climate change impacts are increasing in frequency and intensity; these impacts have greatly affected economic developments globally with developing countries being affected most. The impacts are affecting all sectors that is to say health, agriculture, biodiversity and economic sectors. Uganda as a case study, is greatly affected with impacts of climate change affecting food production caused by frequent droughts, water shortage, increase in desease vectors. Uganda's population is largely constituted of youths, a great number of these depend on agriculture ats their source of livelihood and are significantly affected by climate change which in turn affects incomes that could be used providing basic needs like education and good health services. 

Countries have united under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to take action, countries that are party to the UNFCCC are mandated to carry out education and public awareness to enhance climate actions. The Paris Agreement under article II highlights capacity building as an important mean of enhancing ability of countries to address climate change.

For enhanced action on Climate change their is need to introduce the knowledge on climate change to lower learning levels like primary and secondary schools to create more change makers that can take actions in their societies but also this will foster climate change innovations.

Working with a team at  Leaf and Learn an organisation which extends climate change knowledge to schools we were able to carry out an assessment survey on climate change awareness and knowledge among schools where  we found more than 75%  of  the learners had no knowledge on climate change. This highly justified the low adoption of  climate actions and the less  support for green policies and actions which has hindered countries to meet their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Leaf and Learn has  developed comprehensive learning materials on climate change which are simplified and  enhance an easy intake of climate change knowledge by lower  level learners. These materials were developed by teachers, students, farmers and climate scientists which made them  learner based, systematic, site specific and  inclusive.

If climate change education is introduced in school curriculum more of these materials will be developed by the various countries based on their location and learners (what challenges are they facing due to climate change and how can they solve them). 

More than 80% of Uganda's population are farmers depending on rainfed agriculture which is highly vulnerable to climate change. Extending this knowledge will increase adaptability among farmers and also more public support for green policies and actions.

70% of Uganda's population are youths, and climate change poses  a serious threat on their future, so they highly need this knowledge to be accountable for their future. 

If this petition is signed we a looking forward to prepare a generation which is climate conscious, pro environmental stewards, more resilient and adaptable to climate change threats.

Let us join hands for our climate.