Climate Across Curriculum - Teaching Materials Developed In Bhutan Can Be Accessed By Educators Worldwide

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Though resources developed at the workshop are based on local context, it can be accessed by teachers all over the world.

Surveying one of Bhutan's glacial lakes. (Source: The Third Pole)

 

By Sherub Dorji BBS

Over 60 teachers from schools across Thimphu attended a two-day workshop ‘Climate across curriculum’. This is the first of its kind of workshop in the country and third across the globe.

The Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding, in collaboration with the Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies, organised the workshop.

According to Dr Raju Sarkar, Head and Coordinator of the Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Development Studies (CDRR and CDS) based at the College of Science and Technology (CST), the lesson plans developed at the workshop will be made available for all teachers.

 

Photo: BBS

 

“We are targeting school teachers who specialise in the fields of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, social science, and other subjects related to natural resources.”

What the participants at the workshop learnt

Participants developed teaching aids for teachers at the high school and undergraduate levels. They were also introduced to digital teaching resources integrated with Climate change studies.

It is aimed at using innovative teaching practices in the classroom to teach different topics using climate-related examples, case studies and activities.

“I was never in view that climate change can be integrated with mathematics lessons. The workshop was an eye-opener and the lessons will help students keep abreast with climate change,” said Tshering Norbu, a mathematics teacher at the Khasardapchu Middle Secondary School.

 

The biggest climate related threat in Bhutan is the Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF). GLOF takes place in heavily glaciered mountain regions and are triggered by natural forces, such as heavy rains, landslides, avalanches and earthquakes. The government has initiated numerous structural measures to reduce the possibility of future GLOF incidents. Measures such as draining of lake levels, installation of early warning systems, and building river protection embankments have been initiated.

Photo: ICIMOD

 

A senior lecturer with the CST, Karma Kelzang Euden said it is easier to discuss climate change with engineering students since they already have to study modules on renewable energy and electronic wastes.  

“We all know that these parameters are one of the major factors that contribute to environmental degradation which results in climate change.”

Teaching materials developed during the workshop can be replicated worldwide

Though resources developed at the workshop are based on local context, it can be accessed by teachers all over the world.

 

 

Photo: Preventionweb.net

"Our project itself is one where we aim to give access to knowledge to people across the world, especially to educators. We all know that climate change is a very important topic of our times and we want teachers to teach this particular topic,” said Dr Rahul Chopra, Project Coordinator with the Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP ICSU).

He added that their aim is to start conversations concerning Climate change using digital technologies and ICT-based tools to enable the smooth dissemination of ideas.    

The centre at College of Science and Technology also plans to reach out to primary school students about Climate change topics using fun board games and other techniques to stimulate their interest.

 

This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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