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 programmes 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's Research Program Climate Change and Education aims to build the climate change expertise of students from ten West African countries in an inspiring, interdisciplinary 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, for the development of climate services, 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.
General modules of the GSP programme
Special modules of the master's programme
North Bank Campus in Farafenni
The Master's Programme 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:
Prof. Dr. Sidat Yaffa
University of The Gambia (UTG), The Gambia
2017 - Gnenakantanhan COULIBALY
2017 - Terfa Williams ABRAHAM