Raising awareness on climate change and risks - Egypt

The Associated Schools Network in Egypt is implementing a project called "Raising awareness of ASPnet and UNESCO club students on ethical principles in relation to climate change and risks".

The project is divided into four stages: the first consisted of a training for trainers (educators and officials), while the second phase was a training course for students through video conferencing. In the third phase, plants and trees are grown by students, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment. Finally, the fourth stage foresees the involvement of civil society, through a workshop  to increase individual awareness of the climate change dangers and global warming.

For more detailed information on the project objectives, stages and partners, see below.

More pictures of the project can be found here:
- First and second phase
- Third and fourth phase


Purpose and objectives, indicating the original goals or expected outcomes as defined from the outset in the original project:

  • Adopt national policies to meet the challenges on risks of climate change dangers and global warming.

•         Stand on the latest scientific developments in this field

•         Ethics of freshwater use and precautionary measures

•         Responsibility towards young people secures and supports the interests of future generations to avoid risks

•         Empower young people by involving them in the development of policies and decision-making, projects and youth initiatives

•         Study of the social impacts of climate change and to address the challenges, expand the scientific knowledge base using data and information related to climate change, as well as to promote the exchange of expertise and sharing of good practices

•         Enable  youth to take into account the environment in their daily lives in order to become a way of life and increase awareness of friendly environment ethics and as a societal trend for preserving the environment

•         Nature Conservation and resist the effects of climate change and environmental pollution

•         Sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of its cultural character, with a focus on the participation of young people and the communities in it

•         The launch of planting trees to preserve the green mass and expand to ward off the dangers of climate change due to pollution in the areas surrounding us

•         Draw the attention of the street and the media and public opinion to the issues related to the dangers of climate change and pollution in Egypt and highlight the disasters that afflict people

•         Participation of civil society and individuals to increase awareness of the dangers of climate change and global warming


    Benefits, major results obtained and impact of the project :

This experience urges youth because they keep in mind the environment in their daily lives, and in the end it becomes a way of life. It also promotes radical change which can be applied by means and options that we offer, and transplant awareness of ethics and environment-friendly in the hearts of young people, in order to become part of the societal trend to preserve the environment.

Participation of civil society and individuals increases awareness of the dangers of climate change and global warming.

The partners

  • Specialists from various ministries and agencies
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Environmental Affairs
  • NGOs
  • UNESCO clubs in schools
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Irrigation
     

The stages of the project:

The activities in this project started over the past year 2012, by the first phase of the project, a seminar for Officials of Egyptian’s ASPnet and of UNESCO Clubs (training of trainers) at the headquarters of the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO (Cairo: 21-22 November 2012).

Objectives:

  • Define international standards for ethics in the field of climate change and the adoption of national policies to meet the challenges on risks.
  • Stand on the latest scientific developments in this field.
  • Ethics of freshwater use and precautionary measures.
  • Responsibility towards young people secures and supports the interests of future generations to avoid risks.
  • Empower young people by involving them in the development of policies and decision-making, projects and youth initiatives.

Then the second phase of the project, a training course for students of schools and UNESCO clubs through video conferencing on 12/11/2012.
It included:

o   Training course addressed several axes to get into the study of the social impacts of climate change and its challenges, and expand the scientific knowledge base by using data and information related to climate change, as well as promote the exchange of experiences and sharing good practices.

Next, the third phase:

A growing number of trees and plants are planted by the hands of students in the School for Advanced Technical Development of Food in Mostard, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment.

We believe that the experience should be highlighted for youth to keep the environment in their daily lives, and in the end it becomes a way of life, and increases awareness of friendly environment ethics as the societal trend for preserving the environment.

The capacity building momentum is essential for preserving nature and resisting the effects of climate change and environmental pollution.

These include initiative, the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of its cultural character, with a focus on the participation of young people and the communities.

- Encouraging increased green space in our streets and public places to take advantage.

Finally, the fourth stage:

Participation of civil society and increasing individual awareness of the climate change dangers and global warming

·        Workshop in collaboration with the Association of Youth and Environment Manshiet Nasser, and turn garbage dump into a park.

Egypt