Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development – Nepal Country Programme

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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

The project "Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) – Nepal Country Programme” aims at supporting the Government of Nepal to strengthen and mainstream Climate Change Education (CCE) in its education system. In particular, it will support the development of capacity in the areas of education policy and planning, curriculum development and teacher training, both in formal and non-formal education. Disaster risk reduction (DRR) elements are included as well. Information sharing about the project will be done also regionally. 

This project is funded by the Government of Japan under the Japanese Funds-In-Trust. 

Project duration: April 2014 – June 2015 

Budget:  USD 100,000


Project background

UNESCO’s global CCESD programme offers support to Member States to strengthen their educational responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This is part of the UNESCO strategy for the second half of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which addresses particularly to three themes, namely climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.  All the themes are of extreme importance to Nepal, a mountainous country particularly affected and vulnerable to climate change and its associated hazards. 

Climate-induced disasters inevitably have huge impacts on agriculture and food security, health, human settlements, livelihoods, water resources, forests and biodiversity, tourism and infrastructures.  Climate change can amplify droughts, floods, landslides, forest fires, soil erosion and biodiversity degradation. 

Millions of Nepalese are estimated to be at risk from climate change and as some of the world’s largest river systems originate from the Himalayas, the potential climate related changes have enormous impacts in several countries and their populations.

So there is an urgent need for Nepal to reduce its vulnerability to climate change and education is one powerful tool for that. Especially the education of girls and women has proven to have a significant impact on the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change and develop sustainability.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacities of education policy makers, education planners and teacher training institutions including Community Learning Centers (CLCs) to integrate CCE, education for disaster preparedness and DRR and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the education system in Nepal. Ultimately, the project aims to increase the adaption and mitigation capacity of vulnerable populations to climate change through education.

Main Project Activities

Activity 1 National survey of CCESD in Nepal: A national survey of policies on climate change, initiatives relevant to CCE, education for disaster preparedness and DRR and ESD in national policies, teacher education assessments and curricula and non-formal education in Nepal will be carried out. A needs assessment to identify the gaps in CCE will be included. A mapping on past and present CCE initiatives has already been carried out in spring 2014.

Activity 2 Capacity building activities: A series of capacity development activities for policy makers, education planners, curriculum developers, teacher educators, CLC members and non-formal education trainers will be designed and carried out.

Activity 3 Adaptation of curriculum materials and capacity-building tools to country specific needsAdapting existing generic UNESCO materials or identifying and using existing unified materials for capacity-development, such as the in-service teacher training course, curriculum modules on CCESD and others will be done to the contexts and needs of Nepal.

Activity 4 Monitoring and Evaluation of the project implementation: The capacity building activities will be thoroughly monitored and evaluated.

Activity 5 Development of a Country Case Study: A well documented case study will be developed, including existing policies and practices at national level, assessment of UNESCO’s capacity building work on CCESD, lessons learnt, and recommendations. Show case project on ESD and CCE will be initiated in selected CLCs.

Activity 6 Development of regional CCESD recommendations: Lessons learnt and recommendations relevant to stakeholders and to other countries in South Asia will be developed.

Project Partners

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu implements the project with a variety of partners/stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Curriculum Development Center, Non-Formal Education Center, National Center for Educational Development, district education offices, relevant I/NGOs, UN agencies and universities.

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