10.05.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta Helps Build Teachers Capacities on Climate Change Education in Suva. Fiji

Figure 1: Group Photo after the Opening Ceremony on 5 May 2016 in St. Joseph High School, Suva, Fiji

UNESCO Office in Jakarta provided a National Training of Teachers on Climate Change Education (CCE) from 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. After completing the first batch of training in Lautoka, the second batch of the National Training for Teachers was conducted in St. Joseph High School, Suva from 5 to 7 May 2016. Thirty teachers from Suva and Nausori corridor attended this training. Four Malaysian experts in Climate Change and Pedagogy, supported by seven Ministry of Education officials from Fiji, facilitated this training. 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 was 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 5 May 2016 at St. Joseph High School, Suva. 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 Mr. Vimlesh Chand, Director, Curriculum Development Advisory Services, Ministry of Education. In his officiating speech, Mr. Chand pointed out that CCE within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development is an essential response to addressing the challenges of Climate Change. He stressed the importance of CCE and described it as an empowering tool and the need to embed it in the national curriculum in order to promote sustainable development. The Opening Ceremony ended with a video presentation on the Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation Programme and its accomplishments.

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. Participants actively participated in the training sessions and displayed great enthusiasm in CCE.

Figure 2: Role play for demonstrating impact of cyclone in St. Joseph High School , Suva Figure. 3: Working group creating Climate Change song outside the classroom on second day in Suva

During the Closing Ceremony in St. Joseph High School in Suva, Mrs. Kelera Taloga, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Education Heritage and Arts in her closing speech told the participants that the knowledge gained in the training must be disseminated in its totality to the students and their respective families. She closed the training workshop by expressing her gratitude towards the organizers of the training.

Figure 4: Group photo after the Closing Ceremony in St. Joseph High School compounds, Suva on 7 May 2016

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