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

Indonesia is Making Teachers Part of the Solution to Climate Change

10 April 2019

Climate change impacts are increasingly evident in Indonesia with more frequent flooding, landslides and droughts. One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to help tackle these issues is building the capacity of the relevant social groups at the national and regional level. Teachers have a huge impact on shaping the young minds and therefore on strengthening the responses to all climate-related challenges.

Participants of one of the training sessions, held on 18 September 2018, in JakartaParticipants of one of the training sessions, held on 18 September 2018, in Jakarta

Focusing on the key professionals educating the next generation of citizen and decision-makers, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) of Indonesia in collaboration with the Local Education Office launched a new initiative designed to enhance the knowledge of school teachers on climate change, including causes, impacts, mitigation and adaptation measures, as well as how to best teach these concepts in the classroom. Three workshops have been organized so far, respectively on 14 August 2018 in Jakarta, 18 September 2018 in Jakarta, and 8 November 2018 in Surabaya, involving over 140 teachers from the primary to the high school level.

Ibu Ardina Purbo, Deputy Director of Capacity Building and Low Carbon Technology Development, Directorate General of Climate Change Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), participating in a panel discussion.Ibu Ardina Purbo, Deputy Director of Capacity Building and Low Carbon Technology Development, Directorate General of Climate Change Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), participating in a panel discussion.

Each event was structured around 3 sessions, namely a panel, a group discussion, and segment dedicated to climate change communication. The panel session featured 3 speakers talking about global warming, national and international climate change policies, and the integration of climate change issues into the national curriculum. During the second session, participants exchanged their views on climate change related teaching and the integration of these topics into the national curriculum and supporting materials. The final session provided useful tips on how to communicate the issue of climate change to students.

Mr. Wisnu Murti from the Directorate General of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment  and Forestry, giving a presentation on climate change.Mr. Wisnu Murti from the Directorate General of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, giving a presentation on climate change.

This initiative draws inspiration from a teachers’ training programme on climate change rolled-out by the National Teacher Training Institute (INAFOCAM) and the National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL) of the Dominican Republic, with UN CC: Learn’s support. This programme came to the attention of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) during the 2017 UN CC: Learn Country Exchange Workshop, allowing representatives from all UN CC: Learn partner countries to share their experiences in promoting climate change education and training.

“With available resources, we tried to replicate what has been done in the Dominican Republic. So far what we have done is more to improve teachers' understanding and awareness of the issue of climate change and how this issue can be conveyed and accepted by students.” - noted the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia. 

The programme has collected very positive reactions from the participants. Building on its success, the initiative will be further extended to 5 regions during the course of 2019. 

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).