This morning I participated in a Ministerial Round-table discussion on Climate Change and Education organized by the Department of Education at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in the UK.
The discussion was hosted by The Rt. Hon. Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson OBE MP.
Questions centered on using education to prepare children and young people for the challenge of climate change, major threats to education posed by climate crises and how the Ministry of Education is working to mitigate these.
Other panelists were Ministers for Education from D.R Congo, Tanzania, Pakistan, Malawi, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.
In my contribution, I stated that much as climate change is an unfortunate situation, we must look at the opportunities that may come with it, whilst we fight it. We need to tweak our curriculum from basic to tertiary to reflect the phenomenon and also treat it with the same energy as we are treating COVID-19 using innovative ways of teaching.