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Cambodia: Leading the way in Climate Change Education



With support from the European Union, Sweden and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have encouraged a push for better climate and environmental education in Cambodia.  As part of a broader effort to promote science and technology, Climate Change Education (CCE) has been integrated into a new and expanded earth science curriculum for higher secondary schools, which will be introduced by 2020, with an enrolment of over half a million students.

Students from grades 10 to 12 will learn about the vulnerability profile of the country; factors that drive climate change; key approaches and technologies to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

In addition, the Ministry of Environment has collaborated with the Ministry of Education to initiate an ‘eco-school’ project supported by the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA). 15 pilot schools have received additional teaching on climate change and participated in practical ‘climate resilience’ projects, such as tree planting and climate-smart agriculture.

Six Cambodian universities have also incorporated climate change into relevant curricula and taken measures to boost climate-related research through scholarships and partnerships with international academic institutions.

These educational initiatives reflect Cambodian efforts to leverage the potential of the next generation for the transition to a more resilient, low-carbon economy.

The original report can be accessed at  https://www.studyinternational.com/news/climate-change-education-schools/