african climate reporters seeks introduction of climate change in Nigerian schools

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Mr Mohammed Zakari, Coordinator, African Climate Reporters, an NGO, has sought for the introduction of climate change as a topic in secondary schools.

This he said was necessary to enable students learn about climate change at early stage.

Zakari, who made the call at one day workshop in Kaduna, said the NGO had commenced sensitisation of 50 students in Kaduna State on the impact of global warming.

He also advocated introduction of new methodologies in teaching science subjects through local languages to enable students understand science subjects.

The coordinator said the workshop was part of effort by the NGO to reduce the increasing threat of climate change and the effect on humans, animals and plants in the society,

According to him, the exercise is also to enable students contribute to efforts geared toward reducing problems affecting the environment.

We think it is high time to start introducing climate change topic in our schools so that the young ones start learning about climate change at the early stage,’’ he said.

He said the workshop was also aimed at saving Africa and the world at large from climatic-related diseases.

Zakari said the organisation had also involved climatologists and science journalists to educate the general public on climate change challenges to the environment.

He urged teachers to help students learn more about climate change in and outside classroom.

Declaring the workshop open, Malam Nurudeen Bello, a lecturer at the School of Health Science, Makarfi, said the knowledge of climate education would create more opportunities for young people to learn more about climate change.

Bello, who specialises in climate change, said that effort would also help the young ones to adapt to any environmental and natural situation and how to live in the environment.

Our aim here is to teach students more about the causes of climate change and the various ways each and every one of them will contribute toward saving the environment against attacks. The world is going green and we must join the world to save our plants,’’ he said.

He named such attacks on environment as global warming, desertification, pollution among others.

“Scientific research throughout the past decades has demonstrated how climatic changes have impacted on the livelihoods of people around the world.

We are hoping to teach more students about the subject, hoping to see that many other schools will emulate this so that together we can change the entire Africa.”

Some of the students expressed delight over the experience and knowledge they gained during the exercise.

They called for more of such training to enable them learn more about global warming and climate changes in their communities.

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