The Heat is On!

Towards a Climate Resilient Education System in Nepal



The landlocked least developed country of Nepal is highly vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change. While the Terai region – the lowland region of southern Nepal - is particularly exposed to seasonal floods, the hill and mountain regions of northern Nepal are susceptible to landslides and debris flows. Rapidly melting glaciers and snow in the Himalayas elevate the risk of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) threatening potentially catastrophic damage to downstream areas. Risk of wildfires is also on the rise mainly in southern Nepal. Nepal ranks 51 out of 163 countries in UNICEF’s children’s climate risk index of 2021.

The report, commissioned by UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, examines the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the education system; the education sector's response to climate change using seven key education systems components (i.e., policies, plans and strategies; finance; curriculum, teaching and learning; teacher capacity development; communication, coordination and partnership; school/community student participation platforms; monitoring, evaluation and accountability); and offers key recommendations to make the education system more resilient in the face of increasing climate change risks.

Fumiyo Kagawa, PhD
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