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Climate Change Curriculum introduced to South African schools

22 February 2023 – Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) and the African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) have created a compelling and powerful programme to address climate change literacy at high schools, by empowering learners with the values, and attitudes to become active citizens.

The role of education in addressing the climate crisis has become increasingly important. The Climate Change Curriculum will provide youth with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about how to adapt to climate change, and lead future discussions calling for climate justice.

“Climate education is absolutely essential if we want to build a bigger youth movement, where young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate in, and lead the decisions, policies, and solutions related to climate change,” says Aurélie Kalenga, Communications Manager, African Climate Reality Project.

Background

The Climate Change Curriculum is based on ACRP’s Not on Our Soil docuseries, which features five short films on community, youth, gender, civil society and journalism, and their inextricable links with climate change and climate justice. Through the curriculum, aligned with the docuseries, grade 10 and 11 learners will explore the stories of local South African citizens advocating for climate justice. The content can be implemented in the Life Orientation, English, or Geography syllabuses.

Launch (of Climate Change Curriculum)

The Climate Change Curriculum will be launched at a workshop with educators in the Western Cape on Saturday, 25 February 2023. Training is accredited by the South African Council for Educators (SACE), and each educator will receive 10 Continued Professional Training and Development Points (CPTDP) after the workshop.

“Education has become an essential part of the toolkit in responding to the climate crisis. Our valuable educational materials are in-depth and designed to stimulate critical thinking, provide learners with knowledge and skills to make informed decisions, and elicit tangible actions toward climate justice,” explains Nicole Ras, Communications Manager at FTFA.

Cape Town Workshop Details

Date: 25 February 2023
Time: 8.30 – 13.30
Venue: Metro East – Education District Office-Kuilsriver (C/O Belhar Road and New Nooiensfontein Drive)

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About Food & Trees for Africa

Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a leading Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation that addresses food security, environmental sustainability, and greening. Our core purpose is to improve lives and landscapes towards healthy people on a healthier planet. We have a large and diverse programme portfolio with programmes active across South Africa since 1990.

About African Climate Reality Project

African Climate Reality Project is hosted by Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), and is the African Branch of The Climate Reality Project, founded by former U.S Vice President Al Gore. The branch supports and works with African climate leaders, governments, NGOs, and scientists across the continent to create tools and resources to find solutions to climate change and call on world leaders for more ambitious action.

For media enquiries, contact:

Aurélie Kalenga
African Climate Reality Project
aurelie.kalenga.za@climatereality.com

Nicole Ras
Food & Trees for Africa
nicole@trees.org.za

activism, civil society, Climate change, climate change solutions, Climate education, Climate Justice, education, environmental education, youth, youth-focused programme
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