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SPC/GIZ –National Working Group on Education on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management-Meetings

Two consecutive meetings of the National Working Group on Education on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management to review the existing plan of operation and to dialogue on the amendments of the criteria for the second phase of the Climate Change Warrior Project. The meeting reviewed its work plan to stock take its successes and to confirm its priorities for this year.

The operation of this working group is supported by GIZ-CCCCPIR with AusAid whose assistance went towards the implementation of the Climate Change Warrior Projects. This year priorities includes, lobbying for financial assistance from partners to implement a phase two of the Warrior Project, produce learning resources  amongst other things.

School student in Tonga are set are set to receive a visual learning aid that will help them understand climate change processes and encourage them to get active in adaptation and mitigation. A new picture-based education resource called ‘Learning about Climate Change the Pacific Way’ for students, teachers and facilitators and a Tongan version of the Edition of the ‘Pou and Miri’ has been produced for students. It includes posters (both in English and Tongan version) and country-specific teacher guides that illustrate and explain key concepts such as climate, the causes and effects of climate change, and adaptation and mitigation options for Pacific Islands.

An initial supply of 6000 copies of the resource will be printed and distributed through ministries of education to primary and secondary schools in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. It was developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation through the Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR) Programme and in collaboration with the ministries of education and relevant government agencies in each of the countries. Seed funding was provided by the Australian Government through the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program (PACCSAP).

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