Building a National Climate Change Learning Strategy
Together with the government of Malawi and key stakeholders, UN CC:Learn facilitated the development the country’s first national climate learning strategy, which was launched in 2013.
Malawi will become a knowledge-driven climate change resilient population by 2030, pursuing a low carbon emission development path – Strategy vision
The strategy sets out the following objectives:
- Developing a critical mass of human resources with the requisite understanding, knowledge and skills to respond to the impacts of climate change,
- Strengthening the national institutions and systems that will spearhead climate change training initiatives, and
- Developing a sustainable financing mechanism for climate change learning programmes.
Priority actions include climate change training for frontline forestry personnel and health surveillance assistants, and the promotion of climate change education across society.
Responsibility for implementing the strategy rests with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management through its National Climate Change Programme Office, in collaboration with line ministries, national training and learning institutions and other stakeholders.
The strategy is available in English and can be downloaded below:
Turning the Strategy into Actions
Climate Change Education
The Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management produced a poster centered on the message “Climate Change is Real: Act Now!” 15,000 copies were distributed to the more than 5,000 schools in the country, reaching out to 3,000,000 children.
A Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers was launched in 2014. In 2015, 400 primary education advisors throughout the country and over 12,500 primary school teachers were familiarized on the primary school sourcebook on climate change.
A poster and a sourcebook were secondary schools were also developed and launched during the first National Climate Change Week held in October 2015.
Multiple Youth Climate Dialogue were also held in Malawi.
Training for Forestry Assistants
The Government of Malawi trained over 250 forestry assistants across the country on climate change, in an effort to enhance knowledge and skills in climate change management among key personnel in sectors that are threatened by climate change. The training was conducted in 2015 by different ministries, with support from UN CC:Learn.
Training for Health Professionals
In December 2013, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development organized training workshops for 200 health surveillance assistants (HSA) in all three regions of Malawi. The overall objective was to build the capacity of the HAS, frontline staff working directly the communities.
Our National Partners
Our work in Malawi is implemented through the country’s National Climate Change Programme, including the National Climate Change Steering Committee, the National Climate Change Technical Committee and the Government/Development Partners Working Group.
The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment is coordinating the UN CC:Learn Project in Malawi in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.
Ms. Shamiso Najira
Environmental Affairs Department
Environmental Impact Assessment and Pollution Control Division
Global Environment Facility (GEF) Operational Focal Point
Lingadzi House, Private Bag 394, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
UN Country Team Liaison
Ms. Heather Maseko-Msyale
Programme Analyst, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
UN Development Programme (UNDP) Malawi
P.O Box 30135, Lilongwe, Malawi
Ms. Jane Swira
Manager, National Climate Change Programme
Project News and Activities
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16-17 July 2019 | Lusaka, Zambia
Ms. Shamiso Najira, UN CC:Learn Ambassador for Climate Change Learning of Malawi, Facilitates Youth Exchange on Climate Change
15 March 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland
Youth Climate Dialogues between Switzerland and Malawi
05 November 2015 | St. Gallen, Switzerland
Malawi Launches Secondary School Sourcebook on Climate Change
20 October 2015 | Lilongwe, Malawi
Malawi’s Latest Step in Promoting Climate Change Education
27 September 2014 | Malawi
Malawi Government Trains over 250 Frontline Forestry Personnel on Climate Change
09 October 2013 | Muzuzu, Malawi
Malawi Launches its Climate Change Learning Strategy: Already 4 Million Primary School Girls and Boys Reached and 400 Workers Trained
18 September 2013 | Lilongwe, Malawi,
Malawi Designs and Field Tests an Educational Poster on Climate Change for Primary School Teaching
26 July 2013 | Liwonde, Malawi
Malawi Develops Learning Strategy as Part of Comprehensive National Climate Change Response Framework
19 March 2013 | Lilongwe, Malawi
Malawi National Workshop on Climate Change Negotiations Features Session on National UN CC:Learn Project
17 November 2011 | Lilongwe, Malawi,
Indonesia and Malawi Join Group of UN CC:Learn Pilot Countries with Additional Support of the Swiss Development Cooperation
14 October 2011 | Geneva, Switzerland