SDG 13: National Training of Teachers on Climate Change Education in Lautoka, Fiji
UNESCO Office in Jakarta is providing a National Training of Teachers on Climate Change Education (CCE) on 2 to 7 May 2016 in Fiji with the support of the National Commission for UNESCO in Fiji and the Ministry of Education Heritage and Arts. The first batch of the National Training of Teachers is in Lautoka from 2 to 4 May 2016. Thirty teachers from the Western Division have been nominated to attend this training which is being facilitated by four Malaysian experts in Climate Change and pedagogy and supported by seven Ministry of Education officials from Fiji. This National Training is part of the planned activities of Malaysia Funds-in-Trust Project entitled “Promoting South-South Cooperation through Climate Change Education in Asia Pacific Small Island Developing States.”
The aim of this National Training of Teachers is to raise awareness of participants on Climate Change through the role of education in achieving sustainable livelihoods and development. This training will equip the teachers with training skills required to enhance students’ knowledge on Climate Change through an impoverished teaching module and implementing a participatory teaching approach.
The Opening Ceremony of this National Training of Teachers was held on 2 May 2016 at Natabua High School, Lautoka. Mr. Amani Cirikisuva, Secretary General of National Commission for UNESCO in Fiji welcomed all guests and participants to the training and thanked the Malaysian government and UNESCO Jakarta for organising and supporting the training on CCE in Fiji. Speaking on behalf of Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta Office, Leela Dahal, described that the training programme as a model for partnership and knowledge sharing that can achieve the goals of CCE for sustainable development in Fiji. The Opening and Officiating speech was given by the Mrs. Kelera Taloga, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education Heritage and Arts. In her Officiating speech, Mrs. Taloga urged the participants to actively participate and learn from the Malaysian experts in order to introduce Climate Change at the primary level to ensure education for sustainable development in Fiji. The Opening Ceremony ended with a video presentation on the Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme and its accomplishments.
photo 1: Role play for demonstrating impact of cyclone; photo 2: Working group in creating climate change song
The training session was very interactive using a variety of pedagogical methodology such as presentations, videos, group work, debates role plays and creating songs to introduce Climate Change, discuss causes and effects of Climate Change and Sectoral Impacts of and Vulnerability to Climate Change using both the indoor and the green outdoor facilities of the school.
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