The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) says it expects to roll out its “1.5˚ to Stay Alive — An Educational Initiative’ programme across the region in 2019.
The CCCCC Tuesday completed a training workshop for teachers in Belize as part of its education and outreach work to embed climate change in the region’s education sector.
It said the four-unit curriculum — the Warming Climate, Sea Level Rise, Pine Forest and Social Impacts of Global Warming — includes teaching and learning activities and a range of supporting materials such as worksheets, photographs, posters, suggestions for power point presentations, and videos.
Teachers conducted experiments that simulated some of the impacts of climate change using safe household items and the CCCCC said that through this means of engagement, the educators examined ways in which climate change can be incorporated in their syllabus, with the intent to increase sensitisation and awareness of climate change impacts and community vulnerability; heighten ability to link personal actions to the broader climate change discussion and increase.
In addition, it is also intended to identify practical adaptation measures to reduce vulnerability.
The CCCCC said that the training workshop emphasised the need to educate children to build climate resilience through sustainable practices and development by utilising new-aged climate-smart technology and alternative energy sources.
It said educators who completed the programme have been provided with teaching materials, manuals and workbooks and will be awarded a certificate for eight Professional Development hours towards their licence by the Teacher Education & Development Services (TEDS).