GPE launches virtual reality film on climate change and education

23 October 2023
GPE lança um filme de realidade virtual sobre alterações climáticas e educação

WASHINGTON D.C., MAPUTO, October 16, 2023 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) launched today “Education in the eye of the storm” – a virtual reality film in partnership with UNICEF and the World Bank showcasing the challenges that climate change poses on children’s education in Mozambique.

Education in the eye of the storm” enables users to experience how children’s education is being impacted by climate-related events and how these children and their families and communities are responding and adapting.

Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record, hit Mozambique twice - on February 24 and March 11, 2023 - causing strong winds combined with heavy rains and wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.

“Viewers will experience Cyclone Freddy’s intensity and give them a visceral understanding of the challenges faced by the community during this natural disaster,” said Laura Frigenti, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer. “Education is an underestimated but critical pillar of climate action and GPE will continue helping partner countries develop climate-smart education systems,” added Frigenti.

"As the climate crisis intensifies, Mozambique continues to face recurrent cyclones and climate shocks, which are putting children’s ability to learn in serious jeopardy. That’s why UNICEF is working with the Government of Mozambique and partners to invest in climate-resilient classrooms, which can stand up to the strongest storms and make sure children remain in school – even after disasters strike," said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique.

Through a 360° immersive experience, users can access videos, photos, interviews, and other content to understand the enormity of the destruction caused by Cyclone Freddy and the consequences for children’s education.

Keeping children in school through climate-related events starts with building resilient education systems. This includes risk-sensitive planning, climate-resilient infrastructure, and advancing curricula and teacher training on climate and disaster risk reduction.

To fully harness the potential of education for climate action, GPE is working with partners to promote climate-smart education systems. GPE offers technical support to include climate risk in countries’ plans, fosters cross-sector coordination, and gives financing for adaptation efforts. 

With almost one-third of GPE grants supporting climate change, GPE also launched the Climate Smart Education Systems initiative in partnership with Save the Children and UNESCO, aiming to enhance countries’ capacities to mainstream climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability into education sector plans and budgets.

Access to view the virtual reality film.

Read the Factsheet: Confronting climate change through education


About the Global Partnership for Education  

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support nearly 90 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.  


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