Climate Change Education and Media Outreach in the Gambia

With funding from the Norwegian government in 2006, a simplified version of Gambia’s First National Communication was produced in booklet form and distributed as a teaching aid to educational institutions countrywide.

A Training of Information Programme on the Environment (TIPE) project was also set up in cooperation with a team comprising 21 national and international partners, and implemented by the National Environment Agency (NEA). The main objective of TIPE was to foster change in the way children perceive the environment by integrating environmental education into primary education. The TIPE project also conducted communications activities in rural communities, including radio and television broadcasts. Additionally, interactive discussions with local government, traditional leaders, youth and women representatives were also held to share information and knowledge on climate change issues.

Further, in collaboration with The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), the Ministry of Forestry and the Environment (MOFEN) arranged for three televised programmes with phone-in segments on climate change and related issues. A panel of experts made presentations and answered questions from the audience in local languages.

Over the years, the NEA has built and nurtured partnerships with teachers associations in the UK to produce education materials on climate change. The Gambia Environmental Newsletter published by the NEA also contributes to awareness building on climate change-related issues.

Organization: Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, The Gambia
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