Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: A Simple Guide to Schools in Africa

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Climate change education provides an important window into individual and societal responsibility. As educators, schools not only have an interest in teaching subjects that will prepare students for careers and earn them good test scores, but to teach them to be mindful and responsible citizens. Teaching on climate change means teaching on topics like environmental stewardship and collective responsibility — teaching students that they and those around them have a responsibility to something larger than themselves. Real climate change education confers onto students an appreciation of the role they play in their environment — both their physical, changing environment, and their civic environments. Incorporating the topic into school curriculum only stands to bring students closer to their communities. Civic engagement, one of the most important lessons schools impart on their students, can be taught through student engagement with local institutions.

With the curricula as hectic as they are, and such a breadth of material to cover, UNESCO has compiled a small volume giving reference to Africa: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Simple Guide to Schools in Africa which will be used in the STEM mentorship Camps for secondary schools to support efforts by educational institutions to impart knowledge on climate change to students in secondary level education.

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