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In line with the Berlin 2021 declaration on education for sustainable development which requires that environmental education should be a co-curriculum component by 2025, the government of Kenya has integrated climate change education into its school’s curriculum.

The East African Country’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machog, disclosed this while speaking at the launch of Cohort 3 of the Nairobi Summer School on Climate Justice at the Kenyatta University.
Machog added that the government was also implementing recommendations of Kenya National Climate Change and Adaptation Plan 2018-2022 on the need to integrate climate change into the country’s education system.

He said through the curriculum, students are equipped with educated on climate change and how to sustainably protect the environment for future generations. He added that education on climate change also involves active participation in extracurricular activities such as planting of trees, conservation of resources among others.

“By fostering a comprehensive understanding of climate change, the ministry aims to inspire students to take informed actions and be advocates for climate action.

“To support climate action in training, the ministry of Education has focused on key initiatives, firstly the ministry has worked to develop and update educational materials, textbooks and teaching resources, that integrate climate change topics across various subjects,” he said.

In his remark, Dr Mithika Mwenda who is the the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, explained that it was imperative to equip young Africans with the knowledge and tools to champion sustainable solutions to climate change.

He, therefore, encouraged the over 250 youth from 73 countries selected for the Cohort 3 of the Nairobi Summer School on Climate Justice to boldly step out and lead the climate change action.

“Challenges of climate change undermine your rights, your dignity, and your potential, but you are not only victims, you are agents of change, the catalysts of information, champions of hope, you have the creativity and energy and courage to create a better future for yourselves and your communities” he said.

The Nairobi Summer School on Climate Justice (NSSCJ) seeks to awaken, equip, and inspire a new generation of actors in Africa and globally to address the question of climate Justice including intra and intergenerational equity.

 

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