‘Tra­di­tional knowl­edge vi­tal for cli­mate change’

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Deputy sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Kel­era Taloga has urged teach­ers to take the per­spec­tive on tra­di­tional knowl­edge when teach­ing on Cli­mate Change and Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment.

She shared this while of­fi­ci­at­ing as a chief guest at the launch of a re­source book on Cli­mate Change and Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment us­ing Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge writ­ten by the Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment Unit which was launched on Mon­day night at the Water­front Ho­tel in Lautoka. “This re­source book fo­cuses on two things which are dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment and cli­mate change but I guess the dif­fer­ence that is spe­cial about this book is the tra­di­tional knowl­edge per­spec­tive and this is the first time we have doc­u­mented through our for­mal cur­ricu­lum so it is a good re­source that will com­pli­ment teach­ers in terms of teach­ing these topics in schools,” Ms Taloga said. She said the book ti­tled Re­source Book on Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Cli­mate Change us­ing Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge and com­piled by the Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment Unit would be of great help to stu­dents as they would learn a lot of things and us­ing tra­di­tional knowl­edge. “Stu­dents will know and be made aware about sources of change, adap­ta­tion, mi­gra­tion and re­silience,” Ms Taloga said. “The re­source book is be­ing de­vel­oped to as­sist and en­hance our stu­dents’ learn­ing; learn­ing to know and learn­ing to do dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment and re­duc­tion in the up­com­ing months.” Ms Taloga also thanked the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO) and Malaysia Fund­ing Trust for fi­nan­cial sup­port which had en­abled the project to be launched. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

The re­source book is be­ing de­vel­oped to as­sist and en­hance our stu­dents’ learn­ing; learn­ing to know and learn­ing to do dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment and re­duc­tion in the up­com­ing months.

Kel­era Taloga

Deputy Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts

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