Launched during an online event co-hosted by Education International, the OECD and UNESCO on 1 July, the Global Teaching Insights initiative is part of Education International’s Teach for the Planet campaign. The project features an online platform where teachers can connect with colleagues from around the world to share their ideas and best practices on climate education.
Welcoming the Global Teaching Insights, Education International President, Susan Hopgood said:
Climate education based on science and with a strong civic focus is imperative
While 85% of youth globally believe they have a responsibility to tackle climate change, over 40% are unsure of how they can make a difference.
Together with EARTHDAY.ORG, Education International has been working to mobilise educators and civil society around the world to ensure quality climate education for all.
Government action: Great examples to follow
Some governments have already taken steps to make climate change education for all a reality in their countries. Speaking at the launch event of the Global Teaching Insights, Lorenzo Fioramonti shared his experience as the former Education Minister of Italy who introduced green civic education in all Italian schools. He also stressed that time is running out and campaigns like Teach for the Planet are essential in order to compel governments to act.
Costa Rica’s Vice Minister of Education, Melania Brenes echoed the sense of urgency and explained how education for sustainable development is now at the heart of her country’s education system:
Supporting collaboration among educators around the world
While climate education policy in many parts of the world is still underdeveloped, teachers have nonetheless been innovating in their classrooms, schools and communities to prepare students for climate action for many years.
The Global Teaching Insights amplifies the voices of educators and gives them the opportunity to collaborate and share know-how with colleagues across the world.
Empowering teachers for climate change education
However, as Susan Hopgood pointed out during the launch event,
Education International’s President highlighted three key areas where policy change could facilitate teacher empowerment for quality climate change education:
1. Teacher training
Climate education must be fully integrated into both initial teacher training and continuous professional learning and development.
Teachers need time, resources and professional autonomy to deliver quality climate education. They need time as part of their working day to plan, upskill and innovate on climate education. They need quality teaching and learning materials and they must be trusted to teach the science of climate change without fear of politically motivated penalties.
Teachers and their representatives should be included in policy reform discussions and involved in curricula design, development and evaluation. Teachers are experts in education and this expertise should be harnessed through social and policy dialogue.