Educating youth key to fighting climate change, Foundation stresses

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation has reiterated the transformative potential of education in bridging the knowledge and skills gap young people face in addressing climate change.

During the 2023 MENA Climate Week hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Abdulla Al-Abdulla, the Executive Director of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a program under the EAA Foundation, noted that equipping the youth in developing countries with green skills to combat the escalating climate crisis is one way of fighting the crisis.

In a panel discussion titled Integrating Climate Change Education into the Education Systems in the MENA region, Al-Abdulla emphasized the gravity of the climate crisis and its global repercussions.

“To address this challenge, ROTA has embraced a new mandate this year called “Education for Climate Action,” with three primary focus areas: Greening Learning, Greening Communities, and Greening Refugee Camps,” he stated.

The Executive Director further added that these initiatives aim to integrate climate education into secondary school curricula, bolster the capabilities of teachers and facilitators and provide young people with the knowledge and green skills needed to take climate actions within their communities.

“Empowering young individuals with green skills and fostering values and attitudes conducive to climate action can make them the driving force behind tangible change in their communities,” he emphasized.

ROTA’s approach to climate education prioritizes cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioral domains, with a particular focus on the behavioral domain to encourage and empower youth to take meaningful climate actions using their acquired knowledge and green skills.

In Kenya, in partnership with the Girl Child Network, they launched the Green Youth 360 project to equip the youth in refugee camps with essential skills such as tree planting, beekeeping, agriculture, environmental cleanup and renewable energy to address environmental challenges.

By Viola Chepkemoi

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