Bringing Green Education into Classrooms in Mauritius

PAGE, with UNITAR and the Civil Service College Mauritius (CSCM), held a workshop in Rodrigues gathering teachers, NGOs and education authorities to develop capacity for green economy integration into classrooms. Enhancing foundational learning among primary and secondary students, the workshop — “Integrating Climate Change and Green Economy in the Classroom” — consolidated best practices and techniques, as well as learning materials for integrating Climate Change and Inclusive Green Economy learning into classrooms in Mauritius.  

This training stems from key findings in a green economy learning assessment, from which a set of short-, medium and long-term recommendations were developed to build capacity in implementing green economy measures within the country. 

Forty-six participants including 36 Teachers from primary and secondary educational institutions, six representatives from the Commissions of Education, Social Security, Integration, Infrastructure and four NGOs— namely, Shoal, Reef Conservation, Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, and Terre et Mer Association were in attendance. The keynote address, delivered by the Director-General, Prof. (Dr) R. Durbarry, covered the importance of promoting circular economy and the concept of green economy.  To integrate the aspect of Green Economy and Climate Change in classrooms, Prof. (Dr) R. Durbarry invited the participants to play an active role as change agents and take actions to educate school children the concept of green economy. 

The Chief Commissioner of Mauritius was also among the attendees and requested that the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE) review the curriculum to create a pool of trainers with plans to organize similar workshops also on the island of Mauritius. 

Discussions included assessments of the impacts of climate change on the Island of Rodrigues as well as addressing the impacts climate change will have on children and proposed measures to build resilience. 

Participants also brainstormed ideas on low-cost solutions to raise awareness on climate change and green economy such as through a variety of competitions (essay, drawing or community projects) among othersThe College has decided to organise an essay competition for primary and secondary school children under the guidance of their school teachers, especially those participating in the workshop. 

The workshop notably resulted in the creation of a network, named the Green Rodrigues Awareness for Children Network (GRACN). The core team will be made up of two representatives from the Commissions of Education and Environment, two primary teachers, two secondary teachers and three NGOs. The College will initially assist in coordinating the network and the network will devise a timetable for the academic year in scheduling climate change and environment-related events, as very often overlapping exist. 

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