Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

UN CC:Learn in Ethiopia

Strengthening Integration of Climate Change into the National Education System in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

In 2011, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia inaugurated the Climate-Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) initiative to protect the country from the adverse effects of climate change and build a green economy that will help to switch to a new and more sustainable development model by 2025.

Given the significant level of support for the CRGE, including a large scale capacity building the programme, the main focus of the UN CC: Learn project is to support the further integration of climate change into the formal education system, at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.  In particular, it will build on the existing national curriculum, which includes climate change at several levels, through the provision of classroom materials and related teacher training.

The UN CC: Learn project in Ethiopia began in mid-2015 with the establishment of a cross-government Technical Team.  Activities will be implemented through an existing UNDP-CRGE support programme over a period of 18 months. 

The Project brings together representatives from two key government sectors, national learning institutions, civil society, the private sector and UN agencies as well as other development partners to stimulate a structured discussion on specific priorities and measures for strengthening the integration of climate change into the education sector both at national and sub-national levels.

The Project will facilitate the development of 3-5 year National Action Plan on Climate Change Education, which aims to identify, through a country-driven process, short and medium term initiatives as well as policy recommendations, to strengthen human resource base and ensure the full integration of climate change into the national curriculum.

The Project is being implemented under the joint leadership of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Ministry of Education.

Collecting firewood in Ethiopia: Shifts in climate contribute to extreme weather, with some countries facing more drought. Photograph: Peter Arnold Inc. / Ton KoeneCollecting firewood in Ethiopia: Shifts in climate contribute to extreme weather, with some countries facing more drought. Photograph: Peter Arnold Inc. / Ton Koene