Master Programme Climate Change and Education

Climate change is scientifically complex, and is accompanied by economic, social and political ramifications. Article 6 of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) urges the development and implementation of educational and public awareness programs on climate change and its effects; it further urges parties to the convention to develop and implement education and training programs. Also, UNFCCC advocates for capacity building on climate change to be a priority in all regions of the world, especially in West Africa, through the facilitation of more national and regional activities to combat climate change adversities.


The two years Master Research Program Climate Change and Education aims to build the climate
change expertise of students from ten West African countries in an inspiring, multi-disciplinary and
intercultural learning environment. Each year, ten to twenty students are admitted to the program. A special focus is laid on the capacity development of skills in communication, education and public relations. These skills are highly relevant for policy-advice, public awareness building on climate change, as well as for the implementation of adaptation programs. After the program, the graduates are well prepared to work as educational experts and communication officers for national and international agencies, the media, as well as for civil society and donor organizations. Some of them will continue their academic career in Education or Communication Sciences.


Selection of Modules:

  • Challenges of Climate Change Education
  • Technology of Education
  • Distance Learning, e-Didactic and Socio-technical Learning Environment
  • Communication of Climate Change
  • Teaching and Advocacy of Climate Change
  • Curricular Development
  • Maths and Basic Statistics
  • Science of Climate Change
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Politics of Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Climate Change and Population Dynamics
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Climate Change and Agriculture
  • Human Security and Disaster Risk Management
  • Introduction to Climate Change Economics
  • Research Methodology
  • Individual Field Research and Thesis Writing

University of the Gambia

North Bank Campus in Farafenni
The Master Research Program resides on a beautiful and inviting campus in the market town Farafenni, in the North Bank Region of the Gambia. The campus aims to serve as a role model for sustainability and climate-friendliness, as well as a work place for other WASCAL staff and students and knowledge pool for climate change related activities in the Gambia.

Facilities on Campus:

  • Lecture halls
  • Library and reading rooms
  • Accommodation for students and lecturers
  • Common room and sport field
  • Offices and accommodation for guest researchers




Dr. Musa Sowe
Dean of School of Education
University of The Gambia, Brikama Campus
P.O. Box 3530
Serrekunda, The Gambia
Mob. +2203650007
E-mail: musa_sowe2002(at)

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