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Boost For Zim Climate Change Response Plan

MUTARE– Zimbabwe is set to receive a USD$100 000 grant following its admission to a United Nations Southern Africa learning programme which seeks to mainstream climate change in education, Lands and agriculture minister Perrence Shiri has said.

By Donald Nyarota

As part of admission in the United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership for Southern Africa, Zimbabwe will receive a US$100 000 grant, Minister of Lands Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement (Rtd) Air Marshall Perrence Shiri announced at a press conference.

Shiri said the program will augment ongoing efforts by government to mainstream climate change in development planning through the National Climate Change Response Strategy and National Adaptation Plan.

“Zimbabwe has been admitted into the United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership Programme for Southern Africa and will receive US$100 000 for the development of a National Climate Change Learning Strategy.

“The US$100 000 is a grant from the Swiss Development Cooperation through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The grant supports countries in the partnership to strengthen individual and institutional capacities to address climate change

“Climate change will be introduced in the learning curriculum for the Primary and Secondary education… to strengthen learning and skill development on climate change.

“Awareness levels on climate change will be raised through the usage of education materials that will be developed,” said Air Marshall Shiri.

He hailed the grant saying it came at the most opportune moment as the country had begun working on an adaptation plan to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“This (grant) comes at an opportune as the country has started working on the development of the National Adaptation Plan that will mainstream climate change in development planning. Mainstreaming climate change in education is very key to ensure effective climate change implementation.

“The National Climate Change Response Strategy emphasizes the need to strengthen learning and awareness on climate change in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Shiri said the grant will be managed by the Climate Change Management Department in conjunction with the Ministries responsible for Education, the Environment Management Agency, Development Reality Institute and Civil Society Organizations.

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