Letter To Janet Museveni: Incorporate Climate Change Courses In Schools’ Curricula

Janet Museveni, minister of education and sport in Uganda Janet Museveni, minister of education and sport in Uganda

By Ireen Twongirwe

Dear Madam,

Women for Green Economy Movement Uganda (WoGEM Uganda) is a community-based organization dedicated to influence and promote women and girl’s participation in greener economy to promote social and economic development.

WoGEM Uganda brings together vulnerable women, girls and youth from all sectors and equip them with knowledge and capacity to engage in a greener economy movement for community livelihoods, climate change mitigation and resilience.

Madam minister, Mrs. Janet Kataha Museveni, we thank you for the work you have done so far and what you’re still doing. Its our pleasure to see that all tertiary institutions, universities among others have reported back to school after the lockdown of the economy world wide due to covid 19 pandemic. 

As we wait for the reporting of other secondary and primary schools come 2022, We thank you for your prior preparations and efforts.

The main objective of this letter madam minister is to ask you kindly with your team to introduce some of the climate and environment courses in education sector so that we can be able to mitigate and adapt climate change impacts in our country starting from the grass root.

According to COP26, UN Frame work Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) conference in Glasgow, UK government in partnership with United Countries promise to help developed and developing countries to promote solidarity in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Its important to note that during COP26 summit, more than 100 countries pledged to end deforestation by 2030. And so, when our students get involved in these programmes as soon as possible, it will give us a chance to cope up with the mitigation of climate change impacts.

In May 2020, the PS/ES constituted a technical committee to spear head and fast track the development of Education Digital Agenda (DA) and the ICT in education Policy whose main goal were to improve Uganda’s education service delivery through sustainable digital transformation.

Its vital to know that education plays an important role in addressing climate change impacts such as, providing children and young people with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about how to adapt individual lives and ecological, social or economic systems to a changing environment, encourage people to change their attitudes and behaviour on conserving and protecting the environment.

It can also help them understand the impacts of global warming and learn how to reduce the carbon gas emissions hence promoting climate change resilience.  Madam minister, education empowers all people, but especially motivates the young to take action in adapting and mitigating climate change impacts.

Below are the courses we would like to be introduced in schools both in primary and secondary schools,

  • Climate Studies & Meteorology.
  • Biodiversity & Conservation.
  • Sustainable Development.
  • Clean energy Vs fossil fuels
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental conservation.

Madam minister the above courses will help the students in schools to address climate change impacts in away that they will be informed on the importance of environment and ways to protect and conserve it.  This will further help in creating an eco-group that will protect ecological areas like waterbodies, forests, among others. 

This will enable schools to calculate school’s carbon footprints, tackle consumerism, reduce wastes and make transportation a priority. Lastly, they will be encouraged to plant trees which will help in reduction of carbon gas emissions, reduce on disastrous floods, prolonged drought, reduce on the sea water levels among others.

It’s noted that when these friendly actions are introduced in schools, it will increase on the adaptability of climate change impacts hence promoting green economy.

Madam minister we shall be obliged seeing you and your team adjust in the curriculum to incorporate environmental and climate change courses while joining the solidarity to curb the impacts of climate change which will enable students to study in conducive environment.

Yours faithfully,

Ireen Twongirwe is the Executive Director Women for Green Economy Movement Uganda (WoGEM Uganda).

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