There is a perceived need to foster awareness about climate change in schools and universities in Africa and to engage young people and future professionals in the search for local solutions for a problem whose roots are often local, but which has global dimensions. Yet, although much has been written and spoken about climate change in Africa at scientific circles, little information filters through other levels. In particular, the comprehensive body of information and knowledge on matters related to climate change available at research centres and universities may be very useful in educating future generations, but it is seldom used. Since much can be gained by using scientific information to foster the debate on climate change at schools and universities across Africa, the "African Climate Teach-In Day" will be organized.
The organization of transnational on-line climate teach-ins, is a concept developed by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as part of the "International Climate Change Information Programme" (ICCIP) details on which can be seen at http://www.iccip.net. Further to the success of the "European Climate Teach-In Day" held on the 5th June 2009 (details at: http://www.climateday.eu) and the "World Climate Teach-In Day" on the 4th June 2010 (details at: http://world.climateday.net) in which a few thousand school students and students in 55 countries were reached, the concept has been extended to include a dedicated event which will involve thousands of schools and universities across Africa and the whole world.
The event will consist of lectures on different aspects of climate change prepared by some of the leading experts in the field from across the African continent. The lectures will be prepared in a way that allows the contents to be understood by secondary school and university students. The "African Climate Teach-In Day" will disseminate not only scientific information, but also approaches, methods, strategies, and other types of action taking place all around Africa, in order to cope with the challenge of climate change.
The "African Climate Teach-in Day" is organized by the Research and Transfer Centre Applications of Life Sciences of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany (HAW Hamburg), as part of the "International Climate Change Information Programme" (ICCIP) led by HAW Hamburg. The "African Climate Teach-in Day" is being organized in partnership with the the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation, the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory and many institutions from across the African continent.
Thousands of students all around the African continent and the whole world will discuss the climate crisis. This offers a powerful framework against which awareness can be raised and action can be encouraged.