“Climate literacy” in the classroom

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How to cope with the impact of climate change? This vital question is high on the international agenda. Climate change education is a central element of the global response to this issue. It should aim not only to foster public understanding of climate change and “climate literacy” among students, but also to reorient the entire education system to achieve low-emission and climate-resilient development. Achieving this transformation is UNESCO’s mission.

UNESCO and Samsung are launching a US$ 1 million two-year project to develop, pilot and distribute multimedia teacher-training materials on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Viet Nam. Funded by Samsung, the project focuses on climate change responses, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and biodiversity at the primary school level. UNESCO’s largest country-level ESD intervention, the project involves piloting teacher-training materials in primary schools in coastal Hue, a region particularly hit by the adverse effects of climate change. Materials developed through the project will be made available to all 133 teacher training institutions and 63 provincial Departments of Education and Training in the country. By the end of the project, each of the participating pilot schools will have formulated a school DRR and climate change response plan in collaboration with the local community. Collaboration with national universities and other stakeholders is foreseen. 

“The Samsung-UNESCO ESD Project aims to create an enabling environment for promoting ESD and achieving a national vision of a learning society in Viet Nam,” said Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam. 

 “We would like to share our experience in overcoming challenges and innovations in creating a bright and sustainable future with those children who will shape tomorrow,” said In Yong Rhee, President and head of Samsung’s Communications Team. 

The Samsung-UNESCO ESD project builds on UNESCO’s ongoing assistance to the Ministry of Education and Training activities in school-level DRR and climate change response in Viet Nam. The project will be a driving force to realize a resilient and sustainable society in Viet Nam through education.