School children in the North of Tyne in England will soon be studying environmental education and start learning about climate change.
This after the government of England funded each state-led school and partnered with the creators of the eduCCate Global Teacher Academy United Nations Climate Change (UNCC) to ensure that every school has access to full-funded programme to train one member staff of the United Nations accredited climate change teacher.
The online training course takes around 15 to 20 hours to complete. It was designed for teachers across all age groups and disciplines.
“This is our opportunity to be the first region in the world to meet this United Nations Sustainable Development Goal,” said Mayor Jamie Driscoll, who has been working with the United Nations to bring environmental education to the area.
“It’s also a manifest commitment to give every child a world-class environmental education, and to make such progress so soon is fantastic,” he added.
Learning about climate change ‘essential’
For her part, Dr. Meryl Batchelder, a teacher at Corbridge Middle School in Northumberland and also the UN Sustainable Development Goals ambassador, said that education “on climate change is essential for everyone in the North East to understand seriousness of the situation.”
“Having a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher in every state school means that all schoolchildren will be given accurate, relevant information on the causes and effects of global heating,” she said.
“Pupils also need to be aware of possible climate change mitigation strategies and adaptation measures.
“Completing the course will give teachers the confidence, both in their own understanding and in their position as an UN accredited authority, to teach children effectively.”
At present, there are 80 climate change teachers in the UK, and 1,973 more are working towards accreditation and up to 50 a day are signing up for the programme.