What is Climate4Classrooms (C4C)?
C4C is an innovative set of educational resources about Climate Change for teachers and students (from age11+) and has been developed in association with the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. It gives teachers and students national level climate projections tailored to individual countries and offers introductory lessons about climate and Climate Change science. C4C allows teachers and students to understand how all nations will be affected by Climate Change. Using dynamic multimedia, interactive lesson plans and activities, our C4C website (http://bd.climate4classrooms.org) inspires young people to take action on Climate Change and provides them with opportunities to share ideas and experiences with their peers across the globe.
What does C4C include?
Our teaching resources comprise 12 modules. Each module has 3 distinct parts: General Information, Teaching Resources and a Question/Answer section. Modules 1-5 introduce core climate science and are the same for each country. Modules 6-12 are known as the 'National Futures' and are based on evidence of Climate Change projected through various predictive models.
How far has C4C reached in Bangladesh?
After the development phase, including tailoring, customizing and translating into Bengali, all C4C documents were uploaded to the website. The whole process of C4C development was then critically evaluated by external stakeholders through a round table discussion.
C4C was launched in October 2011 by the Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF). A new partnership was developed with the Teacher Development Institute Bangladesh; and a mutual “costs & resources agreement” was reached with the British Council’s schools programme ‘Connecting Classrooms’. Since November 2011, 120 teachers from 60 districts have been involved with the orientation programme of C4C. Additionally, 19,000 students from different schools across the country have been informed about C4C through a nationwide postcard competition. More than 83 schools from “Connecting Classrooms” have benefited from C4C through introductory workshops. More than 50,000 people from 64 districts were introduced to C4C through “3000 Miles To Go” - our nationwide travelling ‘bus-classroom’ in 2011
Due to its reach & impact and the nature of its target audiences, C4C has become an integral part of the British Council “Schools Online” Programme. We are now developing a plan to mainstream climate education in the Bangladesh primary and secondary education curriculum by 2015. Our plans include:
•Exploring new areas of cooperation with existing partners i.e. Standard Chartered Bank, D-net, Wild Eye.
•Extending relationships and cooperation with the national government and international NGOs and local partners.
•Mobilizing financial resources from institutional donors.
•Developing curririculum content to include Climate Change.
By 2015, we plan to reach the 64 districts of Bangladesh and mainstream education about Climate Change in the national curriculum. We also plan to increase the global recognition of Bangladesh’s vulnerability to effects of Climate Change.
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