Promoting South-South Cooperation through Climate Change Education in Asia-Pacific Small Island Developing States
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

This partnership aims to enhance regional cooperation on sustainability challenges by leveraging the resources and expertise of UNESCO and the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy to build the capacity of teacher training institutions in small island pacific states to deliver locally-relevant Climate Change Education.The partnership will build upon prior and ongoing initiatives in CCE in Asia-Pacific SIDS, with the ultimate goal of upstreaming CCE approaches and materials to pre- and in-service training provided through MoEs

Implementation methodologies

1. Needs Assessment and Stakeholder and Beneficiary Engagement - A thorough assessment of current CCE activities and capacity levels at participating SIDS will provide a baseline for training and materials adaptation/development. The assessment will provide information on current standards, knowledge gaps, educational infrastructure capacity, and will identify for priority areas. 2. Materials Adaptation/Development and Production - the production of CCE materials (teacher-training guides, learning materials). Materials produced based on findings from activity 1 and done so in coordination with UNESCO and target SIDS3. Master Training in Malaysia - Delivery of training to master-trainers and educational personnel from TTIs in target SIDS. The training will cover both the CCE materials and the training techniques for delivering large scale pre- and in-service training with such materials4. Cascading Training in SIDS / Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning UNESCO will conduct follow up to Master Training by supervising cascading training in target SIDS, accompanied by M,E&L 5. Repeat Master Training and Follow up in Target Countries Based on M,E&L in step 4, further ToT will be administered and further in-country follow-up will be conducted6. Development of Guidelines for UNESCO/Malaysia/SIDS partnership in CCE based on experiences and lessons learned from project activities, guidelines will be developed for future activities and adoption of training by target MoEs

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Training sessions at AKEPT in Malaysia will be followed up by monitoring, evaluation and learning sessions at schools in the target countries. Localized CCE teaching and learning materials will be distributed to trainers following each session.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The project will be managed by UNESCO Office in Jakarta which will undertake responsibility for the overall coordination and development of the project. Technical backstopping will be provided by UNESCO Apia and UNESCO Bangkok. Coordination with local education authorities will be facilitated by UNESCO Apia and the respective National Commissions for UNESCO. Research and capacity building activities will be implemented by the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), under the co-coordination and supervision of the Malaysian Educational Planning and Research Division (EPRD), and UNESCO Jakarta.


UNESCO Jakarta, UNESCO Apia, Malaysian Ministry of Education (Educational Planning & Research Division, Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT)), Ministries of Education and Teacher Training Institutes in target SIDS.
1. Needs assessment of CCE in target SIDS
2. CCE Learning Materials 2014/2015
3 Guidelines for activity expansion 2015
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
400,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: July 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Mee Young Choi, my.choi@unesco.org

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