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Ministry of Education and UNICEF join forces to develop education on climate change

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch the ‘Green Skills Initiative’.

This is part of their efforts to achieve the goals of the Green Education Partnership Roadmap in preparation for COP28. The initiative aims to promote climate education and action among children and young people to help them adapt to and address the impacts of climate change.

He Ministry of Education-UNICEF The strategic partnership focuses on ‘Green capabilities‘, one of the four pillars of the roadmap announced by the ministry last April, namely ‘Green Learning’, ‘Green Schools’ and ‘Green Communities’.

Through this partnership, both parties will launch and execute three joint programs, namely Educator Training, Net Zero Heroes and the Children’s Art Competition. These programs aim to create a significant impact, empowering students and educators to confront climate changes and work towards a better environmental future.

Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Deputy Undersecretary of the Care and Skills Development Sector of the Ministry of Educationnoted that the ministry’s vision to achieve sustainable development goals aligns with the country’s national policies and the UAE Centennial 2071 goals.

This vision was materialized in the launch of the Green Education Roadmap and its pillars aimed at including sustainability and the climate agenda within the UAE education system.

Dr. Al Shamsi It also emphasized the critical role of education in leading positive change and addressing the repercussions of climate change by shaping an environmental culture, providing climate education to children and youth, and fostering skills that consider the environment and promote sustainability.

She said,

“We are pleased to collaborate with UNICEF, a global institution. This partnership will empower educators to raise awareness about climate change among students. It will also foster environmental awareness and sustainability skills, preparing students to lead the UAE’s future sustainability efforts.

The Ministry of Education will continue to form local and international strategic partnerships to organize programs that promote climate awareness among youth, adolescents and children before, during and after COP28.”

Al Tayyeb Adam, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf Region, saying,

“We are pleased to sign this agreement with the UAE Ministry of Education, which demonstrates our mutual belief in the critical role that educators and children play in climate action.

Combating the impacts of climate change is imperative to protect children around the world. This underlines the vital role of education, encompassing curricula, teacher training and school initiatives, in driving positive changes towards greater environmental sustainability. “It is our responsibility to ensure that all children and young people receive climate education and actively participate in debates and decisions about climate change at local, national, regional and global levels.”

Three joint programs between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF

Through the programs, the Ministry of Education aims to prepare each student with the knowledge, skills, values ​​and attitudes to address climate change and promote sustainable development. This will be achieved through professional development of all teachers and school principals in the UAE, in cooperation with UNICEF. At the same time, both sides will provide the opportunity for children to share their views in the run-up to COP28. This will end; Training of Educators – “Pioneers of climate education”, Net Zero Heroes initiative and children’s art contest.

He Ministry of Education and UNICEF will announce full details of these initiatives and their results before COP28.

The Roadmap for Green Education, through its four pillars, identified environmental and climate-friendly initiatives that the Ministry of Education aims to achieve by the start of COP28. For example, the ministry will transform 50 per cent of all schools and campuses in the UAE to have green accreditation; and provide training to more than 2,800 educators and 1,400 principals. In addition, at COP28 the first Educational Center in the history of the COP will be designed.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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