The Dominican Republic has made substantial investments in climate change training for teachers. In 2013, 400 teachers received training in a pilot programme funded with an investment grant of USD 30,000 from UN CC:Learn. An additional USD 90,000 in national budgetary funds was then leveraged by the country’s National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMD). Following the successful implementation of these funds for mainstreaming climate change education into the curriculum, a further USD 1 million was allocated from within the national education budget to expand the programme.
The expanded teacher training programme covers courses for 3,000 teachers throughout the country and three train-the-trainer workshops. In addition, 25 teachers are involved in international and regional cooperation initiatives to engage with other countries on the topic of climate change education. The programme is being implemented with the support of Sur Futuro Foundation, a national observer organization of the UNFCCC and with other 5 training institutions.
Organization: National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism, the Dominican Republic Website: http://cambioclimatico.gob.do/
More information at: http://www.uncclearn.org/news/dominican-republic-expanded-teacher-training
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