PRESS RELEASE - Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Government of Indonesia and UNESCO launch the Green School Action Project for Climate Change Education in Banjarmasin City
KOICA formalized its USD700,000 contribution to the Green School Action Project on 26 March 2012 in a launching ceremony which was headed by dignitaries of each respective agency: Mr. Sungho Choi, Resident Representative, KOICA – Indonesia Office; Mr. Hubert J. Gijzen, Director and Representative – UNESCO Jakarta, Office and Mr. Arief Rachman, Executive Chairman of Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO.
Local partners of the project include the Banjarmasin Education Authority, South Kalimantan Provincial Education office, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Environment, and the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO.
Primary and secondary school students from low-income families and shifting farmer families
This project aims to provide an educational opportunity to primary and secondary school students in Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. Green Schools for Action on Climate Change Education, allows students to engage in environmentally-sensitive school projects, challenge non-sustainable lifestyles and poverty, and ultimately contribute to world-wide urgent environmental issue of climate change.
Specifically, in the South Kalimantan province, there is a crucial need to deliver the concept of Sustainable Development for Green Growth through education and training because of the serious challenges in extreme poverty, teacher capacity on environment and climate change, and deforestation caused by shifting farmers in slash-and-burn cultivation.
The main beneficiary groups of this project are:
Science education and natural science teachers of primary and secondary schools facing difficulties in Climate Change Education and its instructional materials/tool
Poor educational-conditioned primary and secondary school, those in need of improvements in its approaches to environmentally-friendly school education
The Green School Action Project consists of primary activity to provide expertise on Climate Change Education and help students and teachers to understand the concept of sustainable development, climate change and green growth linked with their school subjects.
This project is expected to be started in March of 2012, planning to be completed in June of 2013.
For further inquiries, please contact:
Mee Young CHOI, Ph.D, ESD Team Leader/Programme Specialist in Education (firstname.lastname@example.org