In response to the ever growing need of educating the public on climate change and its impacts, the Southeast Asia Green Network (SEAG-N) is currently undertaking the “Learning Resource Material Development on Climate Change for the Education Sector” project. A collaborative effort of two founding members of SEAG-N, the Association of United Filipinos Trained in Germany (AUFTRAG) and the Climate Leadership Network (CLeAN) of Indonesia, it aims to support government and private initiatives in the Philippines and Indonesia to increase the education sector’s awareness on climate change and its related topics. Likewise, it is intended to bring a heightened consciousness about climate change adaptation and provide opportunities for school heads, teachers, students, parents and community to formulate sound decisions about their environment.
A total of 12 teachers (6 each from the Philippines and Indonesia) will be trained under this project in order to develop and use modern-day flashcards to instill knowledge and consciousness on climate change to students from grades 4-10. They recently undertook a Training of Trainers (ToT) from 15-21 February 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines where they were provided the knowledge, skills and disposition in the development of instructional materials focusing on climate change and its related topics using project and/or outcomes-based learning strategies. The ToT resulted in the development of 30 prototype flashcards, 15 each from the Philippines and Indonesia, which will be subject to further improvement through on-line coaching/mentoring sessions. These prototypes will be pilot-tested in the participating teachers’ schools from May to June and will undergo, if necessary, additional refinement before they are printed in hard copies (together with a Teacher’s Guidebook) and likewise uploaded to the project website and GIZ’s Alumniportal Deutshland (APD) by September where interested parties may access them.
This collaborative venture between AUFTRAG and CleAN of Indonesia under the SEAG-N network was funded by the Global Partners of Germany (GPG) program of GIZ Manila. With the positive feedback it has so far received from the participants and other stakeholders, an upscaling is being planned which could include the SEAG-N member networks in Cambodia and Vietnam.