TEACHERS FOR THE PLANET PROGRAMME

Putting Teachers and Education Leaders at the centre of the education response to our climate crisis. 

LearningPlanet Alliance, with its coalition partners the Aga Khan Foundation and Teach for All, is excited to announce the launch of its ‘Teachers for the Planet’ programme.  

Together, this coalition galvanizes leading experts in climate and education to make more explicit and concrete links between the education and climate change sectors for real impact at school- and system-level with tangible outputs that transform education towards climate action and leadership.

In short, the coalition and programme puts teachers and education leaders firmly at the centre of the educational response to our climate crisis.

 

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Where the initiative comes from

We have learned from research, forums, and peers that the key missing constituency to  transforming education systems for the planet are those from schools themselves.

In other words, educators and teachers are often absent from the design of the educational response to the climate crisis.

Over the next 12 months, we intend to change this.

“Unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to combat climate change through student-driven and student-led community-based climate action projects would be a quick win for improving the overall quality of education for the 21st century rife with crises.”

Brookings Report, 2021

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Driven through the LearningPlanet’s Teachers for the Planet Circle, the programme has two aims over the course of the next 12 months:

Build Community: Establish a strong global community of practice for school and system-level leaders in climate and education where new solutions are discussed and debated for the future of the planet.

Inspire Action: Develop a new online and offline repository of proven innovations in climate and education that are useful for teachers, school leaders, and education/climate policy-makers.

Through these aims the coalition and programme seeks to increase levels of:

  • Access by teachers, students, and Ministries of Education to new forums of technical, financial, and political decision-makers in climate change;
  • Agency by teachers, students, and Ministries of Education to design, innovate, and showcase new school-, community-, and learner-driven solutions to addressing the climate crisis;
  • Action by teachers, students, and Ministries of Education by offering new teacher training/customizable learning resources about addressing climate change in and through education.

The Teachers for the Planet programme is driven by LearningPlanet’s Teachers for the Planet Circle, a collective of teachers that collaborate and co-create the education sector’s response to the climate crisis.

Joining the Circle is free and open to anyone that wants to get involved, at any level.

Sign up to join our Circle, participate in meetings and stay informed of ongoing Teachers for the Planet programme actions and events, including dedicated sessions at the 2023 LearningPlanet Festival. Being a Circle member guarantees you your free Festival ticket!

The programme in practice 

To operationalise the two main aims, Teachers for the Planet will lead two work streams over the next twelve months from COP27 to COP28; emphasising the urgency for teacher leadership in the journey ahead.

We need a different COP28 – where education is at the centre of the climate agenda. To do so, we need to begin working more closely with those at the center of education – students, teachers, and education policy-makers, themselves from a  variety of countries and operational contexts. We propose two key levers of change ahead:

Work stream 1: Building Community

Establish a global community of practice between school- and system-leaders in climate change and education to share and discuss promising solutions for the planet.

Teachers for the Planet will launch a series of 12 events (8 virtual seminars and 4 in-person events) each month from COP 27 (November 2022) to COP 28 (November 2023) to spark a new movement of climate change and education allies for the future of the planet. These events are meant to create the much needed space, time and dynamic community through which to reflect and act on new emerging global frameworks for education and the climate such as UNESCO’s 4 Pillars of the Greening Education Partnership and the GPE’s Climate Smart Education System. How can our conceptual framing of what’s needed for the planet translate into practical next steps in and through the future of our education systems?

Proposed output: 12 global events (8 virtual, 4 in-person) that strengthen the knowledge  exchange and community of experts leading action in climate and education.

Proposed outcome: New global, national, and local education approaches to addressing the climate crisis are informed by the direct inputs and insights from a lively global community of action-oriented education and climate experts across schools, systems and societies by COP28.

Description of Events:

  • 10 November 2022 Event 1: Building Community: COP 27 Side-Event: Unleashing the Power of Education for the Planet (In-Person).
  • December 2022 Event 2: “A Climate-Smart Education System.” The what and the how for teachers, schools and system leaders in operationalizing GPE’s Climate-Smart Education System. (Virtual).
  • 24-28 January 2023 Event 3: The ”Planetizen” (planet citizen); Learning Planet Festival on Intl. Day of Education (Virtual).
  • February 2023 Event 4: “Greening Learning.” The what and the how for teachers, schools, and system leaders in operationalizing UNESCO’s Pillar 1 of the Greening Education Partnership. (Virtual).
  • March 2023 Event 5: “Greening Schools.” The what and the how for teachers, schools, and system leaders in operationalizing UNESCO’s Pillar 2 of the Greening Education Partnership. (Virtual).
  • April 2023 Event 6: “Greening Capacity.” The what and the how for teachers, schools, and system leaders in operationalizing UNESCO’s Pillar 3 of the Greening Education Partnership. (Virtual).
  • May 2023 Event 7: “Greening Communities.” The what and the how for teachers, schools, and system leaders in operationalizing UNESCO’s Pillar 4 of the Greening Education Partnership. (Virtual).
  • 5-7 June 2023 Event 8: Inspiring Action: The Schools 2030 Global Forum in Portugal (In-Person)
  • July 2023 Event 9: 17 Rooms Collaboration: Connecting policy and practice agendas for Room 4 in climate/education.
  • August 2023 Event 10: Pre-UNGA Meeting: Inviting members from across the SDG constituencies in climate/education.
  • September 2023 Event 11: UNGA Side Event: TES One Year Later: Progress Report on Greening Education (In-Person)
  • November 2023 Event 12: COP 28: A Different COP28 for Education and the Planet: New Policies, Investments, and Impact.
Work stream 2: Inspiring Action

Develop a new online and offline repository of new solutions in climate and education that are useful for teachers, school leaders, and policy-makers to use in practice by COP28. The Teachers for the Planet programme proposes to collate, spotlight, and share solutions emerging from the Teachers for the Planet’s global community of practice learning exchanges of climate and education experts.

Proposed outputs: A global taxonomy of 100 innovations (at minimum) for the planet that can be achieved in and through education to be published and shared at COP28; thereby providing a blueprint for national and local versions of how actionable solutions might be best collated, spotlighted and disseminated most effectively to inform education policy, finance and practice at scale.

Proposed outcome: A new ‘Teachers for the Planet’ learning hub that becomes a ‘go-to’, living (and growing) repository with inspirations of how school and system leaders in climate and education can take action to address the climate crisis together.

More about the coalition

The coalition co-leads are:

  • The LearningPlanet Alliance’s global network of game changers and institutions learning to take care of themselves, others and the planet;
  • Teach for All’s network of 60 independent national organizations and global Climate Education Community; and
  • The Aga Khan Foundation’s Schools2030 global community of 1000 schools, 50,000 educators and 500,000 learners across 10 countries to design new solutions for improving holistic learning outcomes, including advancing climate resilience in and through education.

Other members include: The Education Commission, the Education Outcomes Fund, Asociata Volens, the Climate Governance Commission, the Varkey Foundation, Teach the Nation, Earth Day, Earth Warriors Global, GPE, the FCDO, One Resilient Earth, Brooking Institute, and many more!

Read on…

Learning and research that has shaped the Teachers for the Planet programme

UNESCO’s Greening Education Partnership;

UNESCO’s Futures of Education Report;

OECD’s The State of School Education Report;

Brookings’ Unleashing the creativity of teachers and students to combat climate change;

The Glasgow 10-year Work Programme on Action for Climate Empowerment from COP26;

GPE’s 7-Dimensional Climate Smart Education System Framework (under development).