Background

Southeast Asia is one of the planet’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. We have been experiencing land subsidence in several big cities in Southeast Asia, such as Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh. Moreover, Southeast Asia is home to nearly 15% of the world’s tropical forests. Yet they are disappearing at a higher rate than anywhere else on the planet. The recent IPCC report predicts, unless excessive global warming is reined in by mid-century, Southeast Asia will experience a range of worsening conditions and disasters, including dangerous heat waves, intense rain events, powerful tropical cyclones, and coastal cities inundated by rising sea levels.

Mitigation of these challenges calls for collective efforts of all parties. The very fundamental door to introduce climate change issues is education. It is a powerful tool to build awareness of climate change to the learners-future owner of this earth. In this case, policymakers, educators, and youth can play profound roles by proposing collective initiatives. The ultimate goals are to enforce the incorporation of climate change learning and foster immediate undertakings by empowering educators to translate the issue academically and ocially in its curriculum.

This Climate Change Virtual Conference is held to be a platform in which all parties can discuss and offer initiatives at the policy and practice level. We believe collaboration across sectors is crucial in the fight against climate change.

AIMS

The conference aims to initiate ideas on climate change education (CCE) by fostering discussions from policymakers, educators, and youth perspectives. Policymakers are expected to develop a deep understanding of climate change issues so as to support the enforcement of climate change education. Educators are expected to establish their profound roles in bringing climate change issues as integrated aspects of their lessons. The youth with their rigorous activities are expected to connect the thread of climate change education from policies to practice by sharing their concrete contributions done so far. In so doing, the initiatives will be grounded on collaborative spirit and knowledge.

Speakers and Participants

UNESCO

Office for Climate Education (OCE)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Educators from Southeast Asia countries

Language Educator (tbc)

Youth from Southeast Asia countries

STEM experts from Southeast Asia

The participants of the conference will be:

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational), teacher trainers, school leaders and other school staff and professional workers whose work involve learners from the Southeast Asia region.
  • Policymakers from local government and Southeast Asian countries.
  • Youth representatives from different fields and countries.

Structures

Date and Time
23rd and 24th February, 2022.

Formats
This conference will be virtually held in two days on a participatory online platform. The formats will include plenary presentations, high level policy forum discussions, educator panel discussions, youth initiatives, and workshops for in-depth discussions of CCE in the classroom.

Working Languages
The conference will be delivered in English.

Activities and Aims

The 2-day virtual conference’s activities will be as follows:

  1. Presentations
      • UNESCO
        The presentation aims to disseminate what is climate change education and its role to help future generations to adapt and mitigate climate change.
      • Youth Representative
        The presentation aims to share best practices in mitigating climate change issues through a short documentary film, short videos, or photo documentation and to offer insights into CCE in the school’s curriculum.
      • OCE
        As an experienced organization in developing pedagogical resources on climate change for schools and giving training and support for teachers, OCE will share the challenge in integrating CCE into the classroom and what kind of tools that we can use to overcome those challenges.
      • IPCC
        The presentation aims to present the data and facts on climate change, especially in the region of Southeast Asia.
  2. High level forum discussion
      • Policy-makers and CCE experts
        In this session, Keynote Speakers as the CCE experts and all policymakers from different countries in Southeast Asia can have dialog related to the implementation of climate change education in Southeast Asia and how we could develop, implement, and evaluate CCE policies in our own country. We also offer a chance to the policymakers to present the best practices they have done in their country.
  3. Workshops
      • Language Educator (tbc), STEM Expert, and OCE
        There will be 3 workshop sessions. The session aims to disseminate speakers’ (Language Educator, STEM Expert, and OCE) pedagogical resources and present how teachers can integrate CCE in the classroom. During the session, the educators can explore, innovate, and find their way how they can incorporate local context and climate change education into their classrooms.
  4. Panel Discussion
      • Educators
        In this session, educators from 4 different countries in Southeast Asia will share their best practices and how they integrated local wisdom and climate change education into their classrooms. During the session, the participants can think and reflect on their initiatives and challenges in integrating CCE in their classroom.
  5. Initiative Session for the Youth
      • The Youth
        The session has two goals. First, it showcases climate change actions carried out by youth from different countries. Second, it offers thoughts on developing meaningful climate change curriculum in a school environment and explores ideas for collaborations with schools to design meaningful CCE curriculum. Led by a moderator, the session involves five youth representatives from Southeast Asia countries. The speaker is to use videos or photo documentation.
  6. Initiative Commitment
      • All participants
        In this session, the participants will write down their initiatives to utilize the power of climate change education to adapt and mitigate climate change.
        Day 1 (23rd February 2022) Day 2 (24th February 2022)
        Presentation 1 UNESCO: Why is CCE important? Video Recording IPCC: Data and facts on Climate Change in Southeast Asia
        Presentation 2 Youth Voice Workshop (all participants) STEM Learning for Climate Change Education
        Ice Breaking Ice Breaking
        Presentation 3 OCE: Challenges and tools for Climate Change Education. Breakout Room Sessions Workshop 1: Inquiry – Based Science Learning Activity on Climate in Our Hand – Ocean and Cryosphere
        Breakout Room Sessions High Level Policy Forum Workshop 2: Project – Based Learning on Climate Change Education: Life on Land
        Workshop (Educators): How Language Teachers Integrate CCE in the classroom. Panel Discussion Teachers representatives
        from Southeast Asia countries.
        Youth – Initiave Session for Youth Initiative Commitment All participants
        Video Youth’s Climate Actions   Closing Remark
          Closing Day 1  

Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the conference are as follows:

  • The policymakers acknowledge the importance of climate change education, pressing policies for climate emergency in education.
  • Teachers have awareness of and gain knowledge about climate change issues. They can translate and integrate it into the teaching and learning activities in the classroom.
  • Youth shed the critical needs of climate change education by sharing their valuable insights and experiences in curbing the harsh impacts of climate change

Organizers

The conference is a collaborative work of:

  • Office for Climate Education (OCE) based in Paris, France;
    The Office for Climate Education (OCE), created in 2018 at the initiative of La main à la pâte Foundation and the scientific community. The OCE and its partners have a mission to promote climate change education worldwide through quality educational resources, which emphasize interdisciplinary and active pedagogy; a professional development program to familiarize teachers with climate science, active pedagogy and project design; and design and implementation of national – or international- operational projects.
  • Saka Guru Pratama Foundation based in Indonesia
    Saka Guru Pratama Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing education services and resources about climate change. The foundation was founded by Sanny Djohan, founder and CEO of PT Kuark International, a socio enterprise with 18 years of experience focusing on Science Education field.
  • SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) based in Indonesia;
    SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Science (SEAQIS) was founded in 2009 located in Bandung, Indonesia. This organization contributes actively in developing the capacity of teachers and education personnel in science education in the Southeast Asia region

Reports

The reports of conference documentation:

The initiatives offered by the participants will be reported and uploaded on a website that can be accessed freely and utilized to support climate change mitigation in Southeast Asia.

VIDEOS

CCE VIDEO CONFERENCE

Southeast Asia Virtual Conference On Climate Change Education 23 And 24 February 2022

LESSON PLAN AND SLIDE MATERIAL

Dr. Mee Young Choi; Head of Education UNESCO Jakarta

“Why is CCE Important?”

Ms. Dianty Widyowati Ningrum; Ph.D Candidate, Monash University & Dr. Toh Tai Chong; A Marine Biologist

“Youth Voice.”

Mr. David Wilgenbus; Executive Director, Office for Climate Education (OCE)

“Challenges and tools for climate change education.”

Steven Setiawan - Tanoto Scholar and Founder of Baramoeda, Indonesia

Youth Initiatives Session: Sharing from Indonesia

Phatteeya Yongsanguanchai (Grace) - Representative of Thailand

Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event.

Hermia Chan - Co-founder of NESS, Hong Kong.

Climate Change Education in Hong Kong

Mr. Colm Peter Downes; Global Technical Lead - Climate Action in Language Education / Director English, Education Society at British Council Indonesia

Climate Connection: Climate Change and Girls’ Education in ASEAN: Infographic Poster Competition

Dr. Faye Abigail T. Cruz; Head of Regional Climate Systems Laboratory

“The facts of Climate Issues in the region of Southeast Asia”

Dr. Simon Klein, Science Officer, Office for Climate Education (OCE)

“Climate Change: Food choices, Agriculture and Ecosystems”
School projects to fight climate change

Panel Session

Moderator: Mr. Anjar Dwi Astono
Panelist: Educators (Teachers) from different Southeast Asia countries.

Indonesia : Ms. Ni Luh Wayan Puri Wahyuni

Panel Session: Climate Change Education at Green School Bali

Thailand : Mr. Sarayoot Channakorn

Practices on Climate Change Education in Thailand

The Phillippines : Ms. Arlene L. Ibanez

Classroom Practices to Mitigate Climate Change

Brunei Darussalam : Dr Chong Kui Kian

Climate change Awareness & Education

Educator from Tanoto Foundation: Mr Indra Gunawan

School Initiatives For Environtment And Climate Change Issue.

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