WaterAid Pakistan with the cooperation of Federal Directorate of Education and Ministry of Climate change has launched the Clean Green School Programme as part of Clean Green Pakistan Movement (CGPM) with an aim to focus on action-based learning at schools on climate literacy and environmental education in creative and meaningful ways.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Mr Amin Aslam said, “I am proud that we have started Clean Green clubs in 423 schools of Islamabad. Insha Allah we will be taking this to 30,000 more schools across Pakistan”. He further added, “65% of the population of Pakistan is the youth. You are the ones who will bring change in this country and make Pakistan clean and green.”
CGSP encompasses a comprehensive, activity-based, and child-friendly curricula on climate and environmental education. The programme’s ultimate goal is to prepare a future generation of sustainably-minded, environmentally conscious people that are aware of and accountable for the impact they have in creating an environmentally, economically, and equitably sustainable future. These adults of tomorrow will carry the behavioural patterns they learn in school with them through life, in turn teaching the next generation the habits to make a positive impact for the future of the planet!
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“With the fast-changing world along with human and climate change challenges faced globally and in Pakistan specifically, the CGPM is to become a real national movement with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders including educational institutions. The school programme offers an opportunity to create a model to be replicated by the government and private education systems/ institutions across Pakistan benefiting 50 million school students in the country”, said Siddiq Ahmed Khan, Country Director WaterAid Pakistan.
Through this initiative, the students are learning behaviours and skills to reduce their environmental footprint, actively promote and encourage environmentally-friendly practices and preparing to minimise the risks at the time of disaster or emergencies. The programme activities begin with a support package for the teachers in bringing the issues to the forefront of their lessons and impart action-oriented learning on climate change, water conservation, solid waste management, hygiene, toilets management and tree plantation using behaviour change communication approaches. The program includes implementing CGPM all themes through students into the 423 schools and colleges under FDE in ICT territory.
It is said that Pakistan is among the top 10 of such countries who are most affected by climate change. More serious and widespread consequences of climate change are likely to occur during our children’s lifetimes.