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IKI-funded programme in Grenada launches Climate Change Toolkit for Primary Schools

IKI-funded programme in Grenada launches Climate Change Toolkit for Primary Schools

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On June 24th 2016, the Government of Grenada officially launched a variety of different school material. The climate change toolkit “How to become a Greenz Climate Champion” aims to introduce the topic of climate change and adaptation in eight activity-based and interactive units to primary school teachers and students.

In his remarks, the Grenadian Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the Hon. Minister Roland Bhola said I appreciate the simple language and how it approaches difficult topics like the “greenhouse effect” or “ocean pollution” in a playful manner. Every unit has an activity where you play a game or go on a field trip or build something. I am already a big fan of the “fishing game”. What a great way to learn about sustainable fishing and how to protect our reefs. And maybe I will try to sew my own shopping bag later on.”

Symbolical Handing over of toolkit material (left: Hon. Minister Roland Bhola, right: Mrs. Maria Charles-Viechweg, Ministry of Education)

Symbolical Handing over of toolkit material (left: Hon. Minister Roland Bhola, right: Mrs. Maria Charles-Viechweg, Ministry of Education)

As part of IKI-funded Grenadian-German Programme “Integrated Climate Change Adaptation Strategies” (ICCAS), the Ministry with assistance from GIZ introduced the toolkit to 49 primary schools in the small island state. It consists of a teacher manual, a worksheet collection, student passports, stickers and posters. Grenadian illustrator Stacey Byer developed child-friendly images for each unit. To date, 400 posters and 900 student passports including sticker sets were delivered to primary schools.

Explaining the often rather scientific topic of climate change in a simple and hands-on manner, the toolkit provides the base of climate change teaching for children at young age, and hence lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of society of the topic of crucial importance for the survival of Small Island Development States like Grenada. Students will for example go on a scavenger hunt in the mangrove forest, make their own reusable shopping bags out of old t-shirts or build their own solar oven.

Following 7 teacher workshops across the island state during the past year, teachers provided comprehensive feedback on the different units and have already begun to use the toolkit resources in their classrooms.

If you want to become a “Greenz Climate Champion”, all material can be downloaded from http://gov.gd/articles/giz/green-climate-champions.html

The development of the toolkit is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the Ministry of Education and GIZ as part of the ICCAS Programme. The Programme is funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Building, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI), and implemented jointly by the Environment Division of the MALFFE, GIZ and UNDP.


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