Transforming the whole institution to address climate change and leading peers  to integrate this holistic approach in schools was the driver of this Second International Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) Training for Trainers on the whole-institution approach to climate change.

Set as part of the project “Today for Tomorrow” funded by Japan, the training took place in Rabat, Morocco from 10 to 12 May 2017 and was organized by the Unit for ASPnet in collaboration with the UNESCO Office in Rabat. It and brought together more than 50 ASPnet actors from 13 countries of all regions and aimed to equip each participant with the knowledge and tools to train their peers in addressing climate change in their schools in a comprehensive way.

 

Putting the whole-institution approach into action

Opening the training, speakers highlighted the importance of enabling schools to strengthen their education on sustainable development and learning to address climate change. The representative of the Secretary-General of the Moroccan Ministry of National Education said "education is no longer only an add-on activity but an integral part of our fight against climate change and key to building a greener future."

Whole-School-Approach-to-Climate-Change.jpgParticipants learned through different methods such as role-play, preparing an elevator pitch and sharing case studies, how to effectively communicate about the whole-institution approach, identify and mobilise key stakeholders in the school and the local communities and monitor their progress. Key information on climate change and UNESCO's work on ESD and CCE was also presented to deepen participants' knowledge on the topic.

As part of the course, participants visited Abdelmoumen Public School, an ASPnet member, where they were inspired by the school's climate-related activities. They exchanged with students, teachers and voluntary staff and gained a concrete view on sustainable practices put in action.

Empowering youth to play an active role against climate change

This is the second international training under this project, after a first group of country coordinators and facilitators was trained in Dakar in November 2016.

250 educational institutions, including primary, secondary and vocational schools and teacher training institutions in a pilot group of 25 countries are taking part in this project. The participating countries are: Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Mali, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

The project is part of UNESCO's initiatives to implement the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP).

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