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Climate Change Warriors: Secondary Students Analyse Impacts and Take Action

Climate Change Warrior Project Showcasing

During the course of the year 2013, 17 schools from the whole of Tonga were given funds to create their own Climate Change Projects. This approach allowed students to interpret and apply their understanding on how to mitigate and how to adapt to the adverse effects of Climate Change. The warrior project was implemented by approximately 3000 students of forms 4 and 5 from the whole of Tonga.

On the 29th of November 2013, the 17 schools convened at the Queen Salote College Hall to showcase their respective projects. The schools displayed their projects (warrior project) in terms of posters, leaflets, brochures, banners, poetry, songs, dances and drama’s on the said date and some presented the produce of their vegetable gardens. The dramas were presented on stage and for those that travelled from the outer island schools they were all presented on their respective booths with projectors.

The program also involved a quiz competition to test the students on their knowledge of climate change issues that are part of their syllabus. A representative of all schools took part in the quiz competition.  The students were divided into two groups, outer island schools against the Tongatapu schools. Moreover, the Child Centred on Climate Change Adaptation (4CA) the program under Tonga Trust focussing on classes 1 and 2 also presented a song and a dance about Climate Change.

The “Climate Change Warriors: Secondary Students Analyse Impacts and Take Action” took a different approach from the traditional academic approach when dealing with Climate Change. The students planned activities with the supervision of their teachers, classroom concepts like mulching, agroforestry and intercropping were put into action. Trialling a foreshore of stones and cement bags was one of the projects from the most vulnerable communities of Haapai Island. All these were taught with underlying principle that these concepts help mitigate the effects of Climate Change.

The showcasing was attended by Hon. Minister for Ministry of Education and Training Ms. Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki as guest of honor, AusAid High Commissioner to Tonga H.E Bratt Aldam,  H.E Kazuchika Hamuro-Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, NZ Deputy High Commissioner  Peter Shackleton, President of the Church of Tonga Congregation Dr. Tuipulotu Katoanga, SPC/GIZ Deputy Team Leader- Christine Fung and the respective schools principals and respective heads of government departments. In addition to the 300 students who attended the showcasing, the program was telecasted live on the radio and on television.

 

The warrior project was made possible by the tireless efforts of collaboration between the Department of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Education and Training, Civil Society of Tonga, Tonga Trust and the SPC/GIZ CCCPIR program.

For more information please contact

Teresa Pahulu (chairperson of the TWGECCDRM) at telephone 24-617 or 25 556 or teresapahulu@gmail.com

Lu'isa Tu'i'afitu Malolo (assistant chairperson TWGECCDRM) at telephone 28 349 or 25 050, or ltuiafitumalolo@gmail.com
 

Meli Kaisamy (GIZ-CCCPIR Tonga Office at 26-514 or melitiana.kaisamy@giz.de

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