World's First U.N. Accredited Climate Change Teacher Program Starts In U.K. Greta Thunberg and her striking students may be grabbing the headlines, but behind the scenes there's a revolution happening in climate change education. Over the past few months, thousands of teachers across the country have been quietly signing up to become the world's first United Nations Accredited Climate Change Teachers. This new breed of teaching professionals will be tasked with taking the U.K. into a global lead in helping youngsters learn about the causes, extent and solutions to the climate issues facing the world today. “Our aim is to have a UN accredited climate change teacher in every school in the U.K. by Christmas next year,” says Melanie Harwood, the founder of the new eduCCate Global initiative, “Not only will it transform the way we talk about the climate emergency in schools, but it will also show what we can achieve when schools, parents and children work together to tackle this global problem.” As well as teaching basic facts about the emergency, each climate change teacher will act as a school ambassador for action. They will also qualify to gain further accreditation as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) or Local Leader of Education (LLE) under the government's national career development program run by the Department of Education and the Derbyshire Teaching Schools Together Trust. In order to qualify as a climate change teacher, applicants have to complete the U.N. climate change certificate program. This will involve passing five modules via an online program: Children & Climate Change Cities & Climate Change Human health & Climate Change International Legal Regime Gender, Equality & Environment So far over 3000 teachers have signed up, and not just from the U.K. The project is receiving more than 80 applications every day from across the globe. “This is an amazing initiative by the United Nations, and one that we know the world is watching with interest,” says Dr Meryll Batchelder, one of the first teachers to qualify for the new award, “By equipping our youngsters with the information they need to face the future with more confidence, we are demonstrating our national and international commitment to tackle the emergency head on.” Applications for this first round of the accreditation scheme are open until the end of September 2019, after which the focus will shift to spreading the message internationally and in multiple languages. There are already U.N. certified climate teachers in over 15 countries under this eduCCate scheme, and the eduCCate team expects many more to apply over the coming months.
Victoria Jones, representing Derbyshire Teaching Schools Together (DTST), I am delighted to be working with Harwood Education to be the first ever teaching school group to award Specialist Leader In Education (SLE) and Local Leaders in Education (LLE) in Citizenship with a prime focus of Climate Change Education. Derbyshire will be leading the way by committing to building a strong system leadership in climate change education, to ensure every child receives a world-class environmental education". The project is funded through private/public partnership and the scheme is now actively seeking additional private sponsors to drive the next phase to completion. Interested parties should contact the organisation on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a climate Change Teacher and want to become an SLE or LLE in Citizenship with a climate change focus then complete this application.