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EU and PITL provide CCA educational curriculum to students across the country

EU and PITL provide CCA educational curriculum to students across the country

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DILI, 8 july 2022 (TATOLI)– The European Union (EU) and Plan International in Timor-Leste (PITL) provided a Climate Change Adaptation curriculum (CCA) to Students across Timor-Leste.

The European Union Ambassador, Andrew Jacob, assessed Timor-Leste among the countries that feature the most climate-vulnerable in the world based on the 2018 world index No.13, saying, therefore, Climate Change is a reality and Timor-Leste was badly hit by natural disasters.

“We observe that Timor-Leste is a country hit by natural disasters where some areas are prone to flooding, landslides, earthquakes, typhoons, and heavy rains,” said EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs in his remarks at JL Vila, Fatu Hada, this Friday.

Mr. Jacob said that climate change could be affected by a long dry season and flooding could be a consequence to destroy farmers’ local crops contributing to the country’s lack of food security.

Country Director of Plan International Timor-Leste (PITL), Dillyana Ximenes said, Plan is committed to working hard and finding solutions for climate change mitigation in Timor-Leste.

“PITL cooperates with the Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS), to provide a curriculum for Education and Adaptation to Climate Change, on the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and climate change,” said Ximenes.

Meanwhile, CCA Project Manager Julmirio Isac Manuel explained that since March 2019 PITL and INFORDEPE have worked together to provide the training regarding the CCA educational curriculum to 48 teachers at Timor-Leste National University (UNTL), Cristal University, including middle and high school teachers in Aileu, and Ainaru.

In the same place, Minister of Education, Youth, and Sports, Armindo Maia acknowledged the importance of increasing students’ knowledge about Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

”CCA subject in the curriculum will transform the character of society, especially focusing on human behavior,” said Maia.

According to Maia, the curriculum would benefit more than 380,000 students and 40,000 teachers across the country.

The State Secretary for the Environment, Diámetru Amaral emphasized that this curriculum will bring major changes to people’s lives.

“People can live happily with nature and live in a healthy and safe environment. Even though Climate Change will end, community actions to protect and preserve the environment to avoid climate hazards and natural disasters must continue,” he said.

So far, the Program is funded by the European Union for a total of 657,000 USD over 3 years from 2019 to 2022.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B

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