Ghanaian teachers to teach climate change in primary schools

By
Josephine Naaeke, GNA

Accra, May 16, GNA – All primary school pupils
in the country are expected to begin learning climate change and green economy
subject areas at the beginning of the academic year in September this year.

As a result, the Environmental Protection
Agency is expected to train teachers across the country with Teaching and
Learning Materials (TLMs) before the academic year starts.

The objective is to improve knowledge and
help change behaviours of both children and adults towards the environment and
to help in the fight against the impact of climate change in the country.

Speaking at a presentation of TLMs to staff
of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the working group, Mr John
Pwamang, Acting Executive Director of EPA said the effort was to enable the
Agency to incorporate climate change into school curricula as part of the
strategy to implement the national climate change policy.

The event was also to solicit input for
review of the TLMs by the National stakeholders and international experts.

Mr Pwamang said ‘climate change is very
critical and the best way is to start from the primary school system’

He expressed gratitude to the Ghana
Education Service for partnering EPA to ensure that everything was achieved
adding that with the support from United Nations Institute for Training and
Research (UNITAR) when the learning materials were embedded in the system the
children would use.

Dr Tachie Obeng, National Focal Person on
Climate Change Education and Awareness Creation said however that it was new
and required capacity development a new challenges to the existing capacity to
improve knowledge values, behaviours and practical skills needed to be able to
contribute responsibly and effectively to manage the quality of the environment
by preventing and solving environmental problems.

He indicated that it was in line with this
that Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation in collaboration
with EPA among other stakeholders developed and launched a multi-sectorial
national climate change and green economy learning strategy in 2016 to foster
systematic and country-driven

“The national learning strategy considers
general education as 6th climate change priority area for capacity building
within the formal and non-formal educational systems.”

He said one of the learning actions of this
policy area was the integration of climate change and green economy into school
curricula.

Following the development of the learning
strategy, a national working group was set up in 2017 to implement the
education sector programme of the learning strategy.

He noted that as a result, climate change
and green economy were integrated into the new Ghanaian primary school
curricula and teaching and learning materials tailored to the new curricula
were being developed by the climate change unit of EPA, National Council for
curriculum and assessment of the Ghana Education service and UNITAR.

He said ten posters had so far been designed
to be used to educate the pupils, highlighting such issues as religious and
moral to reflect on the purpose of God’s creation.

The posters are meant to tell a story on how
to fight climate change, especially with bush burning, illegal mining
(galamsey), open defecation, cutting down of trees, dumping of waste in water
bodies among others.

He therefore urged the stakeholders to add
their inputs so that the Agency would come out with posters that would be well
understood by all.

GNA

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