10 June 2014, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - The National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMD) of the Dominican Republic has announced that the country will invest a further 1 million USD from the national budget in climate change training for teachers in 2014-2016. The training programme is based on a UN CC:Learn supported pilot phase during which 400 teachers were trained in 2013. An initial UN CC:Learn grant of 30,000 USD succeeded in leveraging 90,000 USD in national budgetary funds for teacher training. The additional 1 million USD that has been announced for the expanded programme brings the total resources leveraged to 1,090,000 USD - a 36:1 ratio.
The resources for the expanded programme are made available by the National Teacher Training Institute (INAFOCAM) and will be implemented with the support of Sur Futuro Foundation, a national observer organization of the UNFCCC. The expanded programme covers 85 training courses for 3,000 teachers all over the country, 3 train-the-trainer workshops, as well as the participation of 25 teachers in international and regional cooperation to engage with other countries on the topic of climate change education.
Watch a video about the teachers training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m80JQNHeEI8
Read the UNESCO manual that inspired the teachers training: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/resources/online-materials/single-view/news/new_first_online_climate_change_education_course_for_teachers/#.U2O9waIkLTq
Photo: Pilot workshop for the teacher training on climate change, March 2013.
About UN CC:Learn
UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organizations which supports Member States in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by UNITAR. An important aspect of UN CC:Learn is to support countries develop a National Climate Change Learning Strategy through a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process. During the course of 2012-2013, Benin, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, and Uganda are participating as UN CC:Learn pilot countries. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government.