Education is a foundational driver of development and self-reliance. When we give children and youth the skills they need to succeed and grow, they have the potential to flourish and innovate to transform their lives, their families’ lives, and their communities. More than 75 million children and youth between the ages of three and 18 living in crisis or conflict-affected countries are in need of educational support. Often these are countries that are feeling the full force of climate change. Climate variability and change impacts education through infrastructure (e.g., damage to school buildings) as well as learning and access (e.g., ability to learn or travel to school due to heat). Children, especially girls, miss more school if they have to spend more time collecting water or harvesting food or if changing disease patterns impact them or family members. Climate may impact household incomes and, thus, parents’ willingness to invest in education and send their children, especially girls, to school.
Climate resilient infrastructure and planning for displacement and migration can help ensure education goals are met. Climate change can be integrated into primary and secondary education programs so that students are sensitized, and early warning and disaster preparedness drills can improve the preparedness of students, parents, and teachers. Powering schools and communities with renewable energy can provide lighting and other essential services while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Advancing Climate Action in and through Education
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Why is Girls’ Education Important for Climate Action?
In low- and middle-income countries, persisting gender discrimination and harmful gender norms mean adolescent girls living in poverty are often the most vulnerable to the least visible impacts of climate change.View Content
Equipping Youth with Knowledge and Capacity to Better Manage Climate Risk
This blog highlights how USAID, through its Indonesia-based Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Project, empowers youth through climate and disaster education activities in the regions of East Java, Southeast Sulawesi, and Maluku.View Content
Climate Risk Management Annex for Education, Social Services, and Marginalized Populations
This annex to the Climate Risk Screening and Management Tools is designed to provide you with more information on climate change implications for education, social services, and marginalized populations.View Content