TEACHERS WELCOME CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT

CAPTION: Teachers sharing views. Photo: MINFO.

A climate change initiative by UNESCO officials here in Fiji have received some positive response from secondary teachers at a workshop.

The UNESCO team was delighted to hear views of selected secondary school teachers in a workshop on climate change issues in the Pacific.

The focus of the meeting was to conduct a proposed survey on climate change called SPARCK with secondary schools teachers in Fiji in May. SPARCK stands for Sharing Perceptions of Adaptation, Resilience and Climate Knowledge.

?The SPARCK project will support in raising awareness about climate change issues and increasing knowledge on climate literacy and resilience in the Pacific,? UNESCO representative, Dr Adams Bumpus said.

?Communities will be able to work together and learn to adapt and focus on long term solutions by adapting to the changes of climate change.?

Through collaborative discussion teachers were able to understand gaps in climate change knowledge and what is needed for them to become effective educators on climate change.

The UNESCO team will visit schools and communities to survey for information required in order to carry out the project.

?Projects of similar nature is carried out in Samoa and will also be done in Vanuatu which will use innovative new technologies such as mobile-phone to survey participants,? Dr Adams said.

MINFO