Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector- Resource Manual

Scientific findings from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) clearly indicate that
a changing climate has had and will
continue to have a significant impact
on human life and natural systems.
The evidence suggests that developing
countries will be most affected by
extreme events and disasters. Although
the impact of climate change and natural
disasters on children has not been fully
researched, the available evidence
shows that children constitute one of the
most at-risk groups, given their specific
vulnerabilities. Nearly 90 per cent of
the world’s children live in developing
countries.6
 

Access to education is every child’s right.
Education is the one experience most
commonly shared by children around
the world, and it can be transformative.
Education can cultivate and shape values
and behaviours. It can contribute to
breaking the cycle of poverty and build
the resilience of the most vulnerable
populations. Quality education is most
effective when it starts before school
and continues throughout the child’s
life cycle, leading to life-long learning in
adulthood. It must be based on active,
inclusive and participatory learning and
teaching processes, be supported by
qualified teachers, take place in enabling
and safe learning environments and be
linked to local communities and local
issues. In order to be transformative,
quality education must demand a shift
toward sustainable thinking and action
across the entire education sector – and
among all stakeholders within the sector,
from policy planners to heads of schools
to community members and children
themselves.
 

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