The National Climate Change Learning Strategy (NCCLS) of Zimbabwe was launched in a virtual event by the Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu. This strategy was developed under the leadership of the Climate Change Management Department within the Ministry of Environment, Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry and supported by UN CC:Learn, the UNDP Zimbabwe country office and MIET Africa.
The 136-page document is the result of the support from UN CC:Learn to the government of Zimbabwe which started in 2019. Zimbabwe has been working to strengthen climate change learning within the country, and the strategy will serve as a framework for it by laying out key priority areas to be addressed and proposing ways to implement activities at both national and local levels. The newly launched NCCLS also confirms Zimbabwe’s commitment to fulfilling its climate change targets and to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The virtual launch event brought together high-level representatives from across the country, and partner countries such as Zambia and Malawi. In his welcoming remarks the Head of the UN CC:Learn, Mr. Angus Mackay congratulated the country for its efforts and stressed the importance of the strategy to advance climate change learning within the country, which will certainly impact the future of the younger generations.
The most important thing to remember about this Strategy is that it gives Zimbabwe control over its agenda for climate change training and education. Societies need more protection than this and it begins with building climate change literacy at all levels, particularly so that our children and our young people can be better prepared for their future.” – Mr. Angus Mackay
Moving forward, Zimbabwe has already started implementing the strategy starting with an awareness raising roadshow for rural youth and youth groups and piloting the integration of UN CC:Learn courses into teacher training. In addition to the national activities, Zimbabwe has participated in a number of regional activities involving the other partner countries, Malawi and Zambia, such as the radio and TV programmes and training of journalists on climate change reporting.
Read or download Zimbabwe’s NCCLS here.
Find out more about UN CC:Learn work in Zimbabwe here.