Belmopan, Belize; August 22, 2018 – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has relaunched its 1.5˚ to Stay Alive – An Educational Initiative’ with a Teachers’ Training workshop held at its offices in Belmopan, August 20 – 21, 2018.
Through this means of engagement, they examined ways in which climate change can be incorporated in their syllabus, with the intent to:
- Increase sensitisation and awareness of climate change impacts and community vulnerability;
- Heighten ability to link personal actions to the broader climate change discussion;
- Increase capacity to conduct vulnerability assessments of communities; and
- Identify practical adaptation measures to reduce vulnerability.
The training workshop emphasised the need to educate children to build climate resilience through sustainable practices and development by utilising new-aged climate-smart technology and alternative energy sources.
Educators who completed the Training Workshop were provided with teaching materials, manuals and workbooks and will be awarded a certificate for eight Professional Development hours towards their licence by the Teacher Education & Development Services (TEDS) through the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture.
Attendees included teachers from the following schools:
- Belmopan Comprehensive School
- Belmopan Methodist High School
- El Shaddai S.D.A Primary School
- United Evergreen Primary School
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Primary School
- Ann’s Anglican
- Martin’s Government School
- Garden City Primary School
- The Shepherd’s Academy
- Kuxlin Ha Government School
- Representative from the Ministry of Human Development for Sacred Heart R.C. School, Santa Elena Primary School and St. Ignatius High School
The Centre expects to roll-out the programme in schools across the region in 2019.
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The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate change. Officially opened in August 2005, the Centre is the key node for information on climate change issues and the region’s response to managing and adapting to climate change. We maintain the Caribbean’s most extensive repository of information and data on climate change specific to the region, which in part enables us to provide climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to CARICOM member states through the CARICOM Secretariat. In this role, the Centre is recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other international agencies as the focal point for climate change issues in the Caribbean. The Centre is also a United Nations Institute for Training and Research recognised Centre of Excellence, one of an elite few. Learn more about how we’re working to make the Caribbean more climate resilient by perusing The Implementation Plan.