Under her role as the UAE’s first appointed United Nations-accredited Climate Change Teacher, Candice Wright, Head of Humanities and GEMS Geography Network Leader at GEMS FirstPoint School — The Villa (FPS), can now deliver up-to-date climate change lessons to students and share best practice with fellow teaching staff. The appointment is in line with FPS’s strong focus on sustainability and its pioneering approach to working with external and industry partners to deliver an enhanced curriculum.
The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is a new programme currently on trial in the UK, with its Climate Change Teacher Course launched in April 2019, free for primary and secondary school teachers throughout the world. Discovering the opportunity online, Candice took the initiative and gained the support of FPS’s principal, Matthew Tompkins, who encouraged her to complete the course, which is made up of five units accredited by the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn).
Candice said: ”I am thrilled to be involved with the UN CC. The importance of climate change cannot be underestimated and it’s imperative that our children understand these issues and have the knowledge to make positive decisions that can bring about adaptations. I have been an advocate of climate change awareness and ensuring my students are equipped to face future challenges for a long time. My work with the UN CC will now allow me to do this to a greater depth and ensure the best possible learning opportunities for my students.“
She added that FPS’s students are extremely engaged and motivated towards making a difference. They are becoming increasingly aware of both the causes and mitigation methods as we continue to teach them. I look forward to developing this in the next academic year when we will continue to work with the UN CC and Model United Nations.
Matthew Tompkins, Principal/CEO FPS, said: ”We are immensely proud of Candice and her pioneering work in this area. Climate change and sustainability are areas that all industries are required to consider and make morally responsible decisions about. At GEMS FirstPoint School we are inspiring the leaders of the future, and Candice’s expertise in this area will support the development of all at our school.“
The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is being delivered by Harwood Education, in partnership UN CC:Learn, and sponsored by YPO in the UK. Through the programme, teachers are able to not only teach their pupils vital lessons about climate change, but also earn fully-funded CPD and certification from the United Nations. Ultimately, they will be able to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.