18th Oct, 2019

Stratford teacher among first qualified to give lessons on climate change

CLIMATE change lessons are on the cards for Stratford pupils.

Stephen Beck – a teacher at Stratford School – has become one of the first in the county to be certified by the United Nations to teach the subject.

Mr Beck will deliver climate change lessons to pupils, and hopes to encourage colleagues to take part in the online training programme being trialled across the UK.

He said: “Climate change is already present in the curriculum but it is much more important than gaining marks to pass exams.

“Young people need to be educated about the environmental challenges they will face. We can give them the opportunity to become ambassadors responsible for mitigating the impacts of climate change and take ownership of making a difference.”

Some 80 schools are being urged to sign up to the Climate Change Teacher Course and take part in a two month trial. It cover topics including climate change science as well as in relation to cities and children, gender and environment and human health.

The programme will then be available to all schools in the UK with the first lessons expected from the end of June.

Melanie Harwood – who is among those behind the course – said: “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.”

Visit www.educcateglobal.org for more details on the programme.

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