Teachers came together in climate classroom

01 Dec 2011

Teachers working in Seyhan River Basin came together in Climate Classroom which was a part of Training Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change.


New Horizons - Climate Classroom, which aimed training the trainees on adaptation to climate change, was arranged by UN Joint Programme on Enhancing the Capacity of Turkey to Adapt to Climate Change within the coordination of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and with the support of Provincial Directorates of National Education.

Through the trainings 150 teachers have been reached in Adana, Niğde and Kayseri. Training Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change has developed to raise level of awareness and knowledge of school children on adaptation to climate change through their teachers.

During the trainings presentations on climate change, impacts of climate change to Turkey, pilot implementations on adaptation to climate change in Seyhan River Basin were communicated to teachers.

From all around the world, more than 300 scientists, experts and government representatives participated in this conference under this year’s theme of “Ecosystem Services: Integrating Science and Practice”.

After that, Adaptation to Climate Change Toolkit produced in the context of training programme was presented.

Adaptation to Climate Change Toolkit aims to give teachers detailed but not complicated information on climate change with its all dimensions.

This Toolkit consists of five chapters: 1- Introduction to Climate Change, 2- Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change, 3- Observed and Projected Impacts of Climate Change, 4- Global Climate Change and Turkey: Possible Impacts of Climate Change in Turkey and 5- Looking for Solutions. Every chapter has general information, activities that can be implemented together with students, and questions for evaluating the activities.

The Toolkit which has developed by reviewing the curriculum aims to reach fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh class teachers and students. Activities designed and developed for the Toolkit are appropriate to implement in Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Design Technologies, Computer, English lessons and free activity time.

Adaptation to Climate Change Toolkit will be first implemented in pilot schools in Seyhan River Basin (Kayseri, Niğde, Adana).

Within the coordination of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, it is aimed to raise awareness among students on adaptation to climate change through implementing the Toolkit in urban and rural areas of Turkey.