WWF and CEN take climate change to school
Marking the end of the programme, an award ceremony was held on 1 July 2006 where prizes and certificates of appreciation were given out to participating students and teachers. Briefing the audience on the program’s impact, Clean Energy Nepal’s Program Coordinator Eliza Sthapit said, “Young people are the future and they must become aware of critical issues like climate change in order to make the difference in the years to come”. For nine months, climate change orientation programs were conducted in 25 schools followed by field visits, quiz contests, essay writing and poster competitions. The integration of climate change into the Environment Studies curriculum was also discussed at a two-day teachers training workshop. The first and second prize winning posters were made into climate change postcards.
Both students and teachers found the program innovative and a useful. Prakriti Kafle, a Grade 10 student from Occidental Public School, said in her speech, “I was unaware of the impacts of climate change but now I know that excessive use of fuel fossils has led to global warming, which is causing Nepal’s glaciers to melt.” Anita Shrestha, a teacher of Bhanubhakta Memorial School said that climate change is a new subject that is extremely important and should be incorporated into the school curriculum. “As teachers, it is our responsibility to impart knowledge to students and make them sensitive about such issues,” she said.
The chief guest of the ceremony was Dr. Chandra Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal who said, “Youth are the future and must be mobilized to secure a better world.” He encouraged the students to stay committed to conservation.
Following the success of the school level climate change awareness program, Clean Energy Nepal and WWF Nepal will begin another awareness program targeted at college students from August 2006.
For further information:
Aarati Gurung, Climate Change Program, WWF Nepal Program. 4438820. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliza Sthapit, Clean Energy Nepal Program. 4242381. email@example.com