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

Scientific findings from theIntergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange (IPCC) clearly indicate thata changing climate has had and willcontinue to have a significant impacton human life and natural systems.The evidence suggests that developingcountries will be most affected byextreme events and disasters. Althoughthe impact of climate change and naturaldisasters on children has not been fullyresearched, the available evidenceshows that children constitute one of themost at-risk groups, given their specificvulnerabilities. Nearly 90 per cent ofthe world’s children live in developingcountries.6 Access to education is every child’s right.Education is the one experience mostcommonly shared by children aroundthe world, and it can be transformative.Education can cultivate and shape valuesand behaviours. It can contribute tobreaking the cycle of poverty and buildthe resilience of the most vulnerablepopulations. Quality education is mosteffective when it starts before schooland continues throughout the child’slife cycle, leading to life-long learning inadulthood. It must be based on active,inclusive and participatory learning andteaching processes, be supported byqualified teachers, take place in enablingand safe learning environments and belinked to local communities and localissues. In order to be transformative,quality education must demand a shifttoward sustainable thinking and actionacross the entire education sector – andamong all stakeholders within the sector,from policy planners to heads of schoolsto community members and childrenthemselves. 

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