The All-Africa Students Union, (AASU) in collaboration with four Danish Organizations has begun a three-day workshop on climate education and students activism for climate justice.
The workshop which commenced on Monday, October 9 brings together participants from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to acquire knowledge and insight on climate education.
Speaking to MX24 on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the workshop, the convener of the three-day workshop, Emmaryn Leuzzi said the purpose of the workshop is to influence the integration of climate education into the national agenda.
She said the participants will develop a learning product that would be inculcated into the climate education curriculum which is already ongoing in Ghana and other ECOWAS member states.
According to her, they seek to ensure the adoption of this learning product by the “various organizations because this is actually the focal point where young people come together to share their perspectives as well as strategies that they will use to inculcate climate education into the people in the community”
She added that the workshop will serve as the formulation point of policies where learning tools developed would be sent out to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), teachers, and individuals interested in climate education.
A representative from OXFAM Denmark, Lotte Perez Valera Jensen, who also spoke to MX24 said the world is faced with an urgent climate crisis and it is the belief of her organization that young people should be able to support the efforts to find solutions to this climate crisis.
…..we also believe that education can also play a key role in responding to this climate crisis and this is both primary, secondary vocational training, professional training, and tertiary education”, she said.
She added that as partners OXFAM is excited to work with the young people participating in the workshop as well as representatives from the education sector to learn from them and bring them on board for national-level advocacy for climate justice.
Meanwhile, Acting Director for Climate Change at the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) Dr. Emmanuel Tachie Obeng for his part, emphasized the need to migrate to the use of renewable energy as industrialization progresses. He called for intensified education on climate justice and also urged parliamentarians to promulgate climate laws to shape national and international implementation of climate action.
The workshop is organized by the All-Africa Students Union (AASU)in collaboration OXFAM IBIS, ActionAid Denmark, the National Union of Students in Denmark (DSF), and PlanBornfonden