Where can educators find professional development programs for climate education? The IEI X Abadtak climate educator training program is one that is changing the way educators approach climate literacy.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world and Pakistan currently. As such, it’s important that individuals and communities take action to mitigate its effects.
In recent years, there has been a growing demand for climate educator training programs. These equip teachers, community leaders, and other educators with the knowledge and skills needed to teach others about climate change.
About the IEI x AbadTak Program
The IEI x AbadTak Climate Educator Training Program has been designed to provide participants with an understanding of the:
- Sustainable development and the UN SDGs
- The science behind climate change
- Its impacts on the environment and society
- Ways to take action to address it
- Climate education pedagogical approaches
Conducted entirely virtually, this course also developed and provided engaging educational materials, led effective discussions, and facilitated action-oriented initiatives. This initiative was the Children’s Climate Solutions Summit (CCSS).
How can climate educator training empower teachers to become advocates for climate action?
As part of the training we asked participants what are some of the barriers our teachers face with teaching climate science. This is what we found:
A good question to ask is, how can teachers incorporate climate science into their curriculum? The IEI x Abadtak climate educator training program provides teachers with ways to integrate climate education into the subjects they are teaching. The training also helps establish cross curricular links.
This way, one does not delineate from covering the syllabus and imparts analytical and critical thinking abilities in their students.
One key aspect of the training programs is the inclusion of real-world and local examples and case studies. Localizing issues bring greater awareness and urgency and importance towards the subject.
By imparting the knowledge of climate science, the training also brings to light the urgency and importance of the issue. This further motivates teachers to not only bring climate education into their own classrooms, but the school at large.
The training shows how to gear discussions in a manner that engages students.
By exploring how climate change is affecting different regions and communities, participants gained a deeper understanding of the issue and can tailor their educational efforts to best serve their audience.
How can teachers receive climate educator training to effectively teach about climate change?
The training offers teachers skill sets in collaborative learning, transformative pedagogical approaches and the use of new digital tools. This way teachers have a holistic approach for environmental education.
Another critical component of the programs is the focus on providing actionable steps for participants to take in their own lives and communities. This might include reducing personal carbon footprints, advocating for policy changes, or implementing sustainability measures in local schools or businesses.
What resources are available for developing climate-related lesson plans and activities?
The training offers tips and tricks on how to integrate social emotional learning, and alleviate climate anxiety. How to bring students outside of their classrooms. And how to effectively plan and organize their lessons with the content provided.
As part of the climate educator training, IEI and Abadtak put together a comprehensive and interactive teachers toolkit.
Within this toolkit they have all the workshop resources at their fingertips, including:
- Theory of environmental education
- Approaches in climate education
- Lesson plans
- Super hero card pack
- Digital resources
- Reading materials and more!
Ultimately, the goal of the IEI x AbadTak climate educator training program is to empower individuals and communities to take meaningful action to address climate change.
By equipping educators with the tools they need to effectively teach others about the issue, we can work towards a more sustainable and resilient future.