UNICEF Manual on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector

17 April 2013. Children are particularly vulnerable to climate change and disaster impact. In this context education is crucial because it can offer children the opportunity to acquire the new skills, attitudes and knowledge they need to survive, develop and thrive. To assist governments and education practitioners in scaling up and mainstreaming climate change education the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has published a resource manual titled Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector.

This capacity development tool builds upon the goals set by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Hyogo Framework for Action, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) movement. It identifies key entry points to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction into the education sector at the policy, planning and advocacy levels, makes the case for a process based on country-specific evidence and social-economic analysis, and calls on multiple stakeholders to participate, collaborate and communicate for quality education.

The resource manual is presented in 10 separate modules for ease of use. The modules are designed to stand alone or to be used together with other modules.

  • Module 1: describes the purpose and content of the manual 
  • Module 2: offers advice on how to present the case of mainstreaming climate change learning in the education sector and how to defend it with supporting facts and predictions 
  • Module 3: discusses the legal instruments and international policy frameworks borrowed to demand a commitment to reinforce climate change learning, equity and sustainable development 
  • Module 4: enlightens the most effective approaches to scale up and mainstream climate change education by building on already existing structures and the critical need for sustainable and available funding 
  • Module 5: stresses the importance of youth as change agents in sustainable development and as stakeholders in policy planning and advocacy. It also stresses the important flexibility of access to education and thus discusses the different forms of learning so as to close gaps in social disparities. 
  • Module 6: examines methods in risk analyses of communities’ vulnerability due to hazards and threats caused by climate change and environmental disasters 
  • Module 7: suggests the monitoring and evaluating tools in involving youth as stakeholders and prioritising the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of implementation of climate change learning in the education sector
  • Module 8: introduces the planning stage of mainstreaming climate change learning in the education sector by recommending to adopt a cross-sectoral approach and inspire behaviour change to solving needs and creatively prevent similar future crises 
  • Module 9: discusses implementation plans and different approaches that have shown successful in previous studies. 
  • Module 10: includes five case studies – Albania, Brazil, Maldives, the Philippines and Zimbabwe – that highlight different aspects of mainstreaming and scaling up climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

To access the manual: http://www.unicef.org/education/files/UNICEF-ClimateChange-ResourceManual-lores-c.pdf