Meet Marlborough’s first Climate Change Teacher, accredited by the United NationsKaren Reed
Jonny Friend has recently become a UN accredited Climate Change Teacher and can now deliver up to date climate change lessons to all pupils at St John’s Marlborough. He plans to share Best Practice with all teaching staff, so that they too can take part in this new innovative programme being trialled in UK Schools.
Jonny Friend, Head of Science and Climate Change Leader, St John’s Marlborough, says, “Climate change is without doubt the most important issue facing our world today. All the scientific evidence tells us that we need to act now and UN courses such as this one will help teachers in schools provide students with the necessary information in which to make their own, evidence based, informed decisions.”
Academy Principal, Ian Tucker, says “The students, staff and parents are rightly passionate about the climate change agenda and we want it to be a central part of what we are about at St John’s. I am delighted that Jonny Friend is leading the way here at the Academy as we support our young people in making a real difference in the way we look after our Planet”.
The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is being delivered by Harwood Education, in partnership with the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) and sponsored by YPO. Not only will teachers be able to teach their pupils vital lessons about climate change but they will also earn CPD and certification from the United Nations.
The innovative programme was launched in April this year and is free for all primary and secondary school teachers. All they need to do is log onto the Climate Change Teacher Academy to access the fully funded courses. Once teachers have completed the five units of the Climate Change Teacher Course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices. They will be able to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.
The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class and across the school curriculum.