In a bid to address the effects of climate change in Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Global Initiative for Food, Security and Ecosystem Preservation, GIFSEP, has identified the need to engage in public awareness campaign in Secondary Schools in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
David Mike Ter, GIFSEP Executive Director, who made this known to newsmen after a meeting with some Senior Secondary teachers in Abuja, noted that the knowledge of climate education will create opportunities for young people to learn more about climate change and the various ways to adapt to any environmental and natural situation.
He said that the project which has received the approval of FCT Secondary School Board as well as FCT Department of Science and technology has a specific goal to establish and straighten Environmental (Eco) Clubs.
This according to him, would ensure adoption of environmental management principles in at least 60 schools and carry out practical activities in at least 10 select secondary schools in the FCT..
“There is therefore a need to develop strategies for involvement and active participation of students to become ardent stewards of the environment and build their capacity to address the challenge of climate change,” he added.
He said the project was conceived to encourage and demonstrate the essence of collective measures to address climate change primarily by building skills of students in renewable energy and promote environmental stewardship through behavioral change.
Already, GIFSEP has received a grant from the GEF Small Grant Program implemented by the United Nations Development program.
Ter reiterated that the grant would be utilised for the purpose it is meant for; Which he said will build the Capacity of Students to Address Climate change in Schools within the FCT And its environs.
Some of the project activities include: Train the Trainer Sensitization Workshop on Climate Change/environmental stewardship for all Government schools in FCT Abuja.
He also listed the establishment of waste management and composting structures in ten schools as well as hands on activity on the design and installation of solar and renewable systems by the students in select schools amongst others.
On his part, Jigah Timothy, who spoke on behalf of the teachers commended GEF for the small grant program and GIFSEP for the choice of FCT schools.
He further pledged their support for their success of the project.