A Yarm School teacher is in the first tranche of 650 people in the world to become an eduCCate Global Climate Change Teacher in their school, accredited by UN CC:Learn. Josh Alexander, who teaches geography and games, can now deliver world class climate change lessons to all pupils at Yarm School and plans to share Best Practice with all teaching staff, so they too can take part in this new initiative.
Mr Alexander says “I’m thrilled to be one of the first 650 teachers in the world to earn this accreditation. It involved a range of modules from children and climate change and cities and climate change, to gender and environment, human health and international legal regime.
“The course furthered my understanding of the whole subject of climate change and gave me ideas on how to integrate it into my teaching. It will certainly support Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) projects I supervise, such as one on the topic of sustainable architecture I recently supervised.
“I can’t wait to pass on everything I learned to the pupils at Yarm School, and to inspire everyone to be more conscious about climate change.
Dr Huw Williams, headmaster at Yarm School, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing Mr Alexander share this knowledge with pupils through engaging activities around the causes and effects of climate change, mitigation steps and possible adaptation strategies to tackle it.
“Recent extreme weather events that have been attributed to climate change, including the devastating fires in Australia, alongside the news that the recent decade is the warmest on record, reinforce the importance of engaging our pupils and students with these issues and encouraging them to make changes in their lives that can make a big difference to the environment.”.
Students in Year 11 and sixth formers will be introduced to subjects including carbon capture technologies, climate change mitigation, the work of the UN around climate change and the implications of industrialisation on the climate.
Mr Alexander plans to introduce a ‘climate change’ unit to lower school pupils supported by the resources provided by eduCCate Global and the material will be used by the lunchtime geography club.
Yarm School has already demonstrated its green credentials when it was recently awarded its fourth consecutive Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.
The eduCCate Global Climate Change Teacher accreditation is being delivered by eduCCate Global, in partnership with the UNITAR (UN CC:Learn). Not only will eduCCate Global Climate Change Teachers, accredited by UN CC:Learn be able to deliver vital lessons about climate change to their pupils, but they will also earn CPD and certification from the United Nations.
The innovative programme was launched in the United Kingdom on April 22nd 2019 and has now launched to all schools throughout the world as the eduCCate Global Awards. All schools need to do, is log on to the eduCCate Global website at www.educcateglobal.org to access more information about signing their school up. Once the school has applied for the eduCCate Global Bronze School Award, the school puts forward one teacher to complete the five units of the eduCCate Global Climate Change Teacher Course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices – preparing today’s youth to protect the planet.
Since its launch, some 11,000 teachers have been accredited and 329,000 schools have signed up to the programme across the world. Once the school’s nominated teacher has received their full eduCCate Global Climate Change Teacher Certificate, they can log on to the eduCCate Global website to join a network of eduCCate Global Climate Change schools throughout the world. Using this safe closed social hub, they can then exchange ideas, advice and share course material to improve the quality of the education they provide.
Melanie Harwood, chief executive of the non-profit eduCCate Global, explains the context of the project further: “Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and associated health risks than any other social group. We need to give them the tools to understand the effects of a changing climate so that they can take well informed and effective action in the future. Now, more than ever, schools need to take the lead in helping our youngsters make sense of the issues and options.”