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PIA Press Release
2009/10/16

Climate change awareness heightened in schools

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (16 October) -- Thirty-two teachers from national high schools in the region underwent a three-day seminar-workshop on climate change as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sees the need to heighten the awareness of teachers and school kids on this global environmental issue.

The DOST posted an alarm on the clear evidences of climate change especially with the aftermath of typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng".

"DOST is committed to working constructively for a global agreement to mitigate Climate Change, and is leading the way by taking ambitious actions on its own." said DOST regional director Anthony Sales.

The department's recent program has involved the academe as a major target for information dissemination and source of possible researches that could mitigate the ill-effects of climate change.

In partnership with the University of the Philippines Mindanao and the Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (PHILAJAMES) - Mindanao Chapter, the national high school teachers were briefed on the concepts and local context of climate change.

A workshop on the making of visual/learning materials was done on the second day. On the 3rd day, the teachers were able to present their Teaching-Visual Materials as one of their outputs. Another output was a Resolution/Position Papers signed by the teachers for submission to the Local Government Unit (LGU).

DOST XI Regional Director, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, hopes that the principles can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry and as part of the science curricula to increase awareness. With this kind of Seminar-Workshop, Dr. Sales hopes to empower the teachers for them to do their part in the efforts to address the effects of Climate Change. "I hope that the knowledge/skills gained during the seminar workshop will be shared to our Youth," Dr. Sales added. (PIA/with PR) [top]

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