Climate Change Education
Shangri-la Institute’s CCE project strengthens climate change education in China through teacher training and curriculum development. The project also provides a platform for universities and schools to work with local communities in developing innovative approaches to education that explore key concepts of CCE and develop the knowledge, skills and values that enable informed decision-making and active citizenship.
Shangri-la Institute aims to achieve the project goals though a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches: top-level planning (the Ministry of Education’s guiding principles and framework); and grass-roots action (education and activities that are dependant on the local region’s characteristics and situation, providing effective climate change education strategies and models).
Establish partnerships between schools and normal universities in five areas of China to develop appropriate theoretical and practical approaches to CCE.
Develop curriculum materials that explore ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and to increase citizen participation, with new knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Implement teacher training workshops to integrate local indigenous knowledge and expertise from governments, and climate change experts in order to develop a set of national guidelines for Climate Change Education.
Link projects between the schools and local communities to initiate joint learning and action around climate change.
Draw on the approaches developed by the partnerships and the associated curriculum materials, to establish national guidelines on CCE.
Representative urban and rural pilot schools are selected to summarize and promote the climate change education experience.
Helping our partner schools to work with local communities and to gradually develop the knowledge, skills and values important to active participation in climate change response.
Climate change education is also connected to our work with communities (villages, nature reserves and monasteries) promoting the use of solar power, biogas, tree planting and sustainable eco-living. With the experience gathered from our activity, we are building-up partnerships between communities, schools and teacher universities in five areas of China, to develop well-informed approaches to CCE.
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