Education for building climate hazard resilience in Rwanda

The project explores the links between education, climate action and sustainable communities. It aims to understand current gaps in formal education provision around climate-related challenges on lives and the economy in rural Rwanda. It starts from the assumption that despite the increased interest from the Government and its partners working in the environment sector, the outcomes related to reduction of effects of climate change is not proportional to the efforts made. The lack of tangible results is attributed to the gaps observed in education system and which have not been addressed by previous projects. Thus, the project intends to work with different stakeholders (vulnerable farmers from Rwanda’s Eastern Province, school teachers, faith leaders, CSOs, and other partners in the environment sector) in assessing the extent to which climate change education as articulated and used in higher learning institutions are contextualized to the farmers’ understanding and intake; to assess the knowledge, understanding and practices of the vulnerable farmers on climate hazards resilience and, to empower vulnerable populations with capacity ( skills and knowledge) for climate hazards resilience building. This will lead to co-production of training material on climate hazards resilience, policy dialogue and different publications.

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: rwanda
Principal Investigator: Livingstone Byandaga
Co-Investigators: Faustin Vuningoma, Patrick Gatsinzi
Host Organisation: Rwanda Climate Change and Develoment Network
Partners: Rwanda Meteorology Agency
Duration: 12 months