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Climate change poses an existential threat to our planet, and the lack of climate education is a significant barrier to addressing this threat. Climate education empowers individuals with the knowledge and tools to understand climate change's causes and impacts and take action to mitigate and adapt to its effects. However, in Nigeria, climate education is often lacking or absent from the curriculum, leaving many students unaware of the urgency and complexity of the issue. The lack of climate education leads to a generation that must be equipped to address the climate crisis.
This climate education project aims to empower and educate today's youth to become the climate leaders of tomorrow. The project has worked with youth-led organizations to create engaging and impactful climate education programs that equip young people with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take action on climate change. Through hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and community-based projects, the project has engaged young people in addressing the climate crisis in their communities.
In 2022, the project has trained 150 youth educators who have delivered climate education programs to over 2,000 youth in 20 communities across Nigeria. Participating youth have created over 20 sustainability projects, including community gardens, recycling programs, and energy efficiency initiatives. Through pre- and post-program surveys, we have seen a significant increase in climate knowledge and environmental awareness among participating youth, with 70% of participants feeling more empowered to take action on climate change.
In the future, the project will expand to reach more youth in additional communities across Nigeria by developing and implementing a climate education curriculum for primary school students. The project will also provide ongoing support and resources to youth educators through mentorship and training programs. The initiative seeks to partner with government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector to mobilize additional resources and create sustainable funding sources for the project.
The project’s impact is empowering youth to become change agents in their communities through adaptation projects that address specific climate-related challenges, such as increasing resilience to droughts, flooding, and extreme heat. The project will build on the foundation of climate education, providing hands-on experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating adaptation projects. In the future, we will engage youth in community-based adaptation initiatives, such as developing early warning systems, creating green infrastructure, and promoting sustainable agriculture practices.