Course on Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom Available on the Sandwatch Website
The Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom Course is now available on the Sandwatch website on the Publications page
The course combines elements from UNESCO’s Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development Course for Teachers with the Sandwatch programme’s MAST methodology (measure, analyse, share and take action - MAST). It was developed specifically for educators in African coastal regions and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These regions are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the challenges it raises for the wellbeing of people and the ecosystems on which they depend. The course was designed for secondary level teachers and has two main modules.
Module 1 lays the foundation for the rest of the course by introducing climate change and describing how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) might support communities around the world to mitigate and adapt to various climate change challenges. It introduces key idea about ESD including the background to ESD, and how to link climate change and ESD within the school curriculum. This module also provides a basic background to the science of climate change, as well as approaches to adaptation and mitigation.
Module 2 builds on the key ideas introduced in Module 1 and moves from the global level to the local level. Sandwatch represents an approach to teaching and learning that seeks to empower and encourage people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating and enjoying a sustainable future.
Using the Sandwatch methodology (Measure, Analyse, Share information, and Take action – MAST) participants are shown how to localise the climate change information to their local beach environment, research how the beach has changed in the past decades and develop scenarios as to how the beach might change in the future with the added stress of climate change. A field trip to the beach is a key component of Module 2.
The course has been delivered in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions over 2013-2014, and was well received. Follow-up activities have been monitored and show considerable variation, e.g.
The course and the presentations are available on the Sandwatch website 'Publications Page' on the right hand side of the screen.
Left to right: Educators in New Caladonia, The Dominican Republic and South Africa taking the course