University of Winchester climate change teachers first in UK to be UN accredited
Trainee teachers at the University of Winchester are set to be among the world’s first United Nations accredited Climate Change Teachers.
The University of Winchester is the first in the world to offer its student teachers the opportunity to undertake the Climate Change Teacher course, accredited by United Nations CC:Learn in partnership with Harwood Education.
The course is designed to equip teachers across all phases and disciplines with the knowledge to deliver lessons on climate change.
Students taking the course will cover a range of topics including climate change science, gender and environment, children and climate change, cities and climate change, and human health.
With OFSTED ratings in both primary and secondary teacher training at ‘outstanding’ and league tables consistently ranking the university highly, Winchester is one of the most highly sought-after universities for teacher education in the United Kingdom.
University of Winchester teachers will be confident to teach climate change issues
Dr Louise Pagden, Co-Director of the University’s Institute of Education, said: “One of the most important issues children face is climate change. So this is set to become a really important part of how we train primary and secondary teachers of the future here at the University of Winchester.
“By training teachers to educate children about the impact of climate change, we will enable them to be responsible citizens of the future.
“Completing the course will give teachers confidence in their own understanding of the issues and in their position as a United Nations accredited specialist to teach children effectively.”
This follows the university’s pledge in June 2019 to eliminate all unnecessary single-use plastic by December 2020.
The University of Winchester will roll out the Climate Change Teacher course over the coming academic year, with an official launch planned for spring 2020.
Pic: University of Winchester press office
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