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Climate change curriculum for schools

Matilda Simmons
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

THE Education Ministry has developed a climate change education curriculum for primary schools which will soon be taught to Year 7 and 8 students.

The deputy secretary (Professional) for Education, Heritage and Arts, Kelera Taloga, said the aim was to strengthen the schools' curriculum on climate change so students know its ramifications.

"It's quite a new concept for primary schools but it's an emerging issue that our little ones need to start learning," she said.

"In our curriculum review, we have accommodated all these emerging issues so whatever they learn will be integrated into the curriculum that's already there."

Her comments came after 26 primary school teachers between the Suva and Nausori corridor received their certificates of participation from a three-day climate change training workshop on Saturday.

"The training was about learning a lot of strategies on how to teach climate change, climate change mitigation and disaster risk management," Mrs Taloga said.

The deputy secretary added that teachers were in a better position to provide the basics on psychosocial support to students who may be affected by major natural disasters such as cyclones and flooding.

"If the students are told that they have to relocate when a major natural disaster happens, at least they can make the connection between the climate change issue and how it affects them."

The workshop was organised by UNESCO Jakarta in partnership with the National University of Malaysia, Fiji's Ministry of Education and the Fiji National Commission for UNESCO Secretariat.

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