By training our teachers to educate children about the impact of climate change, we will enable them to be responsible citizens of the future.
Asha Alexander is spearheading the UN Climate Change and Sustainability initiative for GEMS Education. Asha was appointed Executive Leader - Climate Change at GEMS Education in 2019 to become an ambassador for the Group. The move came after KGS became the world’s first fully climate change certified school. All 300+ teachers at KGS are accredited by UN CC:Learn, in partnership with Harwood Education, as UN-recognised Climate Change Teachers.
“By training our teachers to educate children about the impact of climate change, we will enable them to be responsible citizens of the future.”
What is UN:CC?
The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a collaborative initiative of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.
UN CC:Learn helps bring solutions through climate change literacy, by providing foundational learning and working through education systems, with training institutions, and with the private sector.
"Asha Alexander has set the bar high for all schools throughout the UAE and the world... We asked for one Climate Change Teacher in every school and GEMS delivered not only that but a Climate Change Teacher in every classroom! This is a ground-breaking approach and we feel strongly that this is the benchmark for every school."
- Melanie Harwood, Education specialist of Harwood Education
What does it mean for students?
All students at a UN:CC accredited school have the opportunity to be taught by Climate Change Teachers. The course is designed to equip educators across all age groups and disciplines with the knowledge to deliver lessons on climate change. Students will cover a range of topics, including climate change science, gender and environment, children and climate change, cities and climate change, and human health.
GEMS Education is the first school group in the UAE to recognise the importance of this modern teaching program.
"The world is now waking up to the fact that urgent action is needed to address the climate emergency, and what better way to start than with education. This is just the start of what we intend to be a longterm program of enhancing the teaching throughout our school network across the world."
- Dino Varkey, CEO, GEMS Education
Candice Wright, a teacher at GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa became the UAE’s first climate change teacher accredited by the United Nations through its UN Climate Change Teacher Academy in 2019. The appointment is in line with FPS’ strong focus on sustainability and pioneering approach to working with external and industry partners to deliver an enhanced curriculum.