The Environment and Education ministries have unveiled the official textbook on climate change for upper secondary schools.
Under-secretary of state of the Environment Ministry Khut Chandara said at the official launch of the book on Monday that education played an important role in social, economic and cultural development by providing knowledge and skills to people.
Since climate change has been a major challenge and seriously affects national economic growth and sustainable development in the country, climate change education is necessary, he said.
“Putting climate change into the curriculum of education is in line with the Cambodia Climate Change Strategic Plan 2014-2030,” he said.
Ton Sa Im, undersecretary of state at the Education Ministry, said the textbook would be used as a reference for teachers and students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 so that students could learn about climate change issues and how to mitigate their effects.
“The Ministry of Education recently approved a detailed curriculum for all subjects,” she said. “The important contents extracted from the climate change textbook were also integrated to suit the trend of education in the region as well as in the whole world.”
Project director of Climate Change in Education Or Siem said the climate change curriculum had been rolled out to ten schools in Svay Rieng, Stung Treng, Kampot and Kampong Chhnang provinces.
This included the provision of 10,000 textbooks, materials and budgets to support these schools.
Franck Viault, general consultant and head of operation at the EU Delegation to Cambodia, said that the EU was working closely with the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance to support the curriculum implementation, Cambodia’s Education Strategic Plan, as well as Cambodia’s climate change response.
He said the official launch of the textbook on climate change into the national curriculum was a contribution in response to climate change in Cambodia and in the world.
Cambodia is among the 169 countries in the world which have ratified the Paris Climate Agreement.