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Learning to combat desertification - UNESCO desertification kit
Type: Handbook / Guide
Geographical coverage: International
Implementing Entity: UNESCO and UNCCD
Language: English
Link: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001258/125816e.pdf
Fruit of international collaboration, this kit has
been designed by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and
the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
It seeks to demonstrate that drought and
desertification are worldwide problems affecting
every region of the planet. A global effort from the
international community is necessary to combat
desertification and/or limit the effects of drought.
This kit will help bring the combat against
desertification into the classroom.

It is composed of five elements:
1. a teacher’s guide;
2. case studies from different regions throughout
the world;
3. a cartoon ‘The School Where the Magic Tree
Grows’, inspired from one of the case studies;
4. a second cartoon ‘There is No Rug Big Enough
to Sweep the Desert Under’ created on the
occasion of the UNCCD’s First Conference of the
Parties held in Rome, Italy in 1997;
5. a wall poster for the classroom.

Educational objectives of the kit
- To improve the visibility of the United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
- To explain in simple terms the content
of the UNCCD.
- To provide teachers with a solid educational
foundation on the themes of desertification.
- To encourage teachers and pupils to act locally
to combat desertification.
- To contribute to the diffusion of knowledge
on the theme of desertification.
- To demonstrate that desertification, although a
serious problem, can be tackled in a fun and
exciting way. This is the role of the two cartoons
included in the kit.

Beneficaries of the kit:
The kit is especially aimed at teachers and their
pupils at the end of primary school education.