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### Urging a Curriculum Overhaul in Sindh Schools to Address Climate Change

Pakistan is ranked fifth in the 2023 Global Climate Risk Index, with Sindh being identified as the most affected and vulnerable region to climate change risks.

A recent seminar on Climate Change Awareness for Children and Teachers was held at Galaxy Elementary School in Paleejani, Matiari district, organized by the Sindh Community Foundation (SCF) and the Youth Action Network for Climate Change and Environment (YANCEE). The event drew participation from over 100 students and teachers, highlighting the urgent need for educational reform.

Featuring key speakers such as Javed Hussain, Executive Director of SCF; Zubaida Turk; Tamoor Ali Khan from YANCEE; and Aziz Ahmed Daoodoto, Principal of the host school, the seminar underscored the critical importance of addressing climate change in educational curricula to prioritize environmental sustainability.

Experts emphasized the essential role of climate education in fostering climate action and urged a shift towards a more responsible mindset regarding environmental concerns. Javed Hussain emphasized the severe impacts of the climate crisis on global regions, communities, ecosystems, and industries.

The adverse effects of climate change, including altered weather patterns and increased natural disaster risks, pose significant threats to biodiversity and human well-being, particularly in Sindh, Pakistan. The urgency to take immediate action to mitigate these risks was highlighted during the seminar.

Furthermore, the seminar shed light on the negative impact of climate change on education access and outcomes, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Addressing these challenges is crucial to building a more resilient educational system capable of withstanding climate-related adversities.

The discussions stressed the integration of climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability into educational frameworks at all levels. By instilling a sense of environmental stewardship and climate resilience from an early age, educational institutions can prepare future generations to tackle the challenges of climate change effectively.

Empowering students and teachers with the knowledge and skills to mitigate climate impacts and promote sustainable practices was a key focus of the seminar. The importance of active engagement, experiential learning, and community participation in enhancing climate literacy was reiterated by Zubaida Turk and Tamoor Ali Khan from YANCEE.

Principal Aziz Ahmed Daoodoto expressed a strong commitment to integrating climate change education into the school’s curriculum and activities, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts among educators, policymakers, and civil society organizations to drive meaningful change.

In the face of escalating climate change impacts, initiatives like the Climate Change Awareness Seminar play a vital role in fostering transformative action at the grassroots level. By prioritizing climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability in education, societies can empower future generations to become proactive agents of change in combating climate challenges.