ByWilber Muhwezi Kasibante and Darious Magara
Climate change expert Dr. Rahul Chopra has called on Ugandan climate change stake holders to adopt new tools and lessons of teaching climate change in schools and universities.
Dr. Chopra works for TROP ICSU; Trans- disciplinary Research Oriented Padagogy for improving Climate Studies and Understanding, an Indian based science organization.
Speaking during an international workshop organized by African Union Conservationists [AUC] at Kolping Hotel in Kampala, the expert said lecturers should use modern tools and lessons to teach about climate change to students and the public.
The international workshop under the theme Climate a cross the
curriculum: Resources for integrating climate topics in discipline
Teaching. The 95 participants were trained on how to use the tools
and lessons to teach disciplines such as; Mathematics, Humanities
Geography, environment science, chemistry among others that were
developed in India.
The tools taught to participants include; mobile applications, games, models, audios and videos. Participants were attracted from Uganda,Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and DRC Congo and Rwanda.
The AUC secretary general Raymond Katebaka said their objective of holding the workshop is to introduce digital teaching tools available for teaching climate change issues in specific courses, teach participants how to develop lessons plans that integrate climatechange issues in specific disciplinary teaching and also help review the teaching tools and lesson plans that have been developed with the intention of enhancing integration of climate change issues in discipline specific teaching.
He said AUC mission is to integrate environmental conservation into the development we need, to contribute towards understanding Africa,perceiving new potentialities and science as an essential means of meeting societys needs for food, water, transport and communication,energy, good environment, health care,shelter,safety and alleviation of poverty.
Katebaka also said they want to foster development strategies evolving out of our founding principles and progress relies on international networks.
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