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CEC holds Regional Training of Asian Grassroots Trainers on Climate Change


In support for regional efforts for environmental education focusing on global warming, CEC-Phils, through the support of dvv international, and the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) of Thailand, organized a Regional Training of Asian Grassroots Trainers on Climate Change from 29 September to 1 October 2009 at the Student Christian Center in Rachatewi, Bangkok, Thailand.

The training targetted participants from Asian grassroots organizations and environmental education providers with experien

ce in working with adult learners on the issue of climate change. It aimed to enhance the existing capacities of Asian grassroots trainers and educators in helping build grassroots organizations and movements that will actively engage on the issue of climate change at the international and/or local levels. It also aimed to help participants understand and engage in policy making process in their respective countries as well as in the international arena on talks about climate change, its impacts and how countries should be addressing them.

Participants came from Australia, India, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines and from the following organizations: Asia South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE), China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), National Association of Fishermen (NAF), Society for Rural Education and Development, Solidaritas Perempuan, Indigenous Peoples Society for Wetland Biodiversity Conservation Nepal, Pamalakaya-Pilipinas, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas ( KMP), SOCCSKSARGENDS, AMIHAN Federation of Philippine Peasant Women, and Korea Environmental Education Center.

Training modules included Parallel Workshops on Sharing of Country Experiences in Education and Advocacy Work on Climate Change Education, Addressing the Gaps in Knowledge of the Science, Issues and Policies on Climate, Critique of National Policy Responses to Climate Change and People’s Actions, Updates on Global Movements and Actions on Climate Change, and Ways Forward to Peoples Solutions to Global Warming.

Among the suggestions on what actions can be done included the conduct of similar TOTs at the regional to local levels, development of climate change campaign curricula, advocacy for policy changes at the regional level, inclusion of climate change questions into educational surveys, continued popularization and education efforts at the grassroots level, and development of educational systems for disaster preparedness and response.

Among the workshop suggestions for sustainability measures were continued capacity-building of multi-sectoral and grassroots leaders, financial and human sourcing, sustained and stronger coordination between local, national, and regional networks on the platform, online resource sharing of educational materials, need for financial assistance and technology upgrades, and further regional-level cooperation.