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Education Exchange: embedding climate education across the whole curriculum

Generally, STEM subjects (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are thought to be easier to include the theme of climate education, while Humanities subjects - with the exception of Geography perhaps - are thought to be harder to build those connections such as Arts, Languages, History and Physical Education.

This panel discussion explores the practice of teachers who are embedding climate education across their whole school curriculum and into some of the harder-to-reach subjects.

About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

Chair: Dr Alison Kitson

Dr Alison Kitson is an Associate Professor of Education at University College London and Programme Director of UCL’s Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education, which she co-founded in early 2022. She started her career teaching in secondary schools and has since focused on teacher development in policy and academic contexts. Alison’s current research interests focus on teacher knowledge and development, the school curriculum and history education, all in the context of climate change and sustainability education. She’s also led workshops and keynotes nationally on the role of school history in developing young people's understanding of the Anthropocene. Alison is co-founder and co-chair of the international Teach Climate History group and is currently Deputy President of the Historical Association.

Abdikadir Ismail

Abdikadir Ismail is a Global Teacher Prize nominee of 2018 and Principal of Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School in Kenya, which has just under 500 students. He is a facilitator with the British Council in Kenya on international education and has developed sustainable projects on climate change targeting food security and embedded them across the curriculum at his school.

Geraldine Nanjala

Geraldine Nanjala is a teacher at Ndege Primary School in the Nakuru region of Kenya. Her school produced one of the ten winning entries for the British Council’s global COP26 student video competition. Their video, which highlighted some of the excellent work Nakuru school has done to promote climate and sustainability education across the whole school, was showcased at the COP26 Blue Zone in Glasgow.

Dr Hartley Banack

Dr Hartley Banack is passionate about outdoor learning and time spent outdoors. He attempts to live ‘locally’ and explore locality in his approach to outdoor learning. He holds a British Columbia teaching certificate (B.Ed.), as a high school Science (Biology and Earth Sciences) teacher, and has taught various age groups in distinct educational settings, from pre-school to post-secondary and beyond, including seniors. An outdoor educator since his mid-teens, he has led non-formal outdoor education programmes as an administrator and executive director. He’s worked with a wide range of community-based, non-profit programmes and services, and has even started his own, and is open to diversity, difference and meaning-making through sharing and participation. He also holds both a Master’s in Diversity in Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Implementation. Currently living in Canada, he has also lived in Chile and Costa Rica.