Education Day at COP21!
We at the GWE do not usually feature tiles about Grownups but this is an important exception. This is a photo of Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research. She spoke at the COP21 Education Day, along with her colleague, Ms Segolene Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Here is coverage about that day from the COP 21 website. The quotes here underline the importance of what GWE is hoping to spread throughout the country and the world- information and inspiration for children through a multi-disciplinary approach to climate education.
“The Education Day, which is devoted to youth and education, in the Climate Generations areas, was launched this morning at 11:00 by a speech given by Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and Ms Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and Head of the French Delegation.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem emphasized in particular the role of education in furthering the understanding of climate issues. She highlighted that this was not an isolated subject, but rather one that should be integrated into the entire curriculum, ranging from the sciences to history and learning to debate, from nursery to secondary school.
Ségolène Royal said that education in sustainable development issues concerned people of all ages, from children to grandparents. As she pointed out, learning in that area is circular, as children can repeat what they learn in school to their parents. Likewise, parents of course have a role to play in raising their children’s awareness of ecology.”