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UN CC:Learn Ambassador Ms. Shamiso Najira Inspires Zambia

20 July 2019 | Lusaka, Zambia

At the occasion of the launch of the Zambian UN CC:Learn project, Ms. Shamiso Najira, UN CC:Learn Ambassador for climate change learning had the opportunity to share her and Malawi’s experience on the process of developing and implementing a national climate change learning strategy.  

By sharing Malawi’s process, Ms. Najira was able to inspire the new UN CC:Learn partner country, Zambia.  The Zambian project was launched on the 16th and 17th July 2019 and discussed how they would develop their own strategy.

As one of the few countries that have fully implemented what they set out to do in their national climate change learning strategy, Ms. Najira was able to share full list of lessons learnt from initiation to implementation.  She shared how the various stakeholders that were involved in the process and how each of those stakeholders played a role during the implementation phase. Some of the key lessons highlighted include:

  • Importance of stakeholder mapping and knowing their roles e.g. working with curriculum development institution/departments to facilitate mainstreaming climate change into national curricula.
  • Flexibility to conform to sectoral priorities and timelines.
  • Prioritizing key actions that can yield maximum impact and have multiplier effects.
  • Anchor project within existing coordination and institutional structures for climate change management.

With Malawi receiving additional support to update their strategy to allow for consideration of NDC and NAP needs, Ms, Najira will be continuing her work in promoting climate change learning and this time inspiring other SADC colleagues in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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).