Child-Centred Climate Change Programs

Child-Centred Climate Change Adaptation Project

Aiming at building the resilience of children, young people and their communities for future climatic risks and impacts, the project promotes the development of education materials on climate change and provides capacity for educators, teachers and youth to use the materials. Children and youth groups are provided with skills and knowledge to identify disaster and climate change risks and initiate the solutions to cope and adapt with.

Project achievements:

  1. The booklet and training manuals on disaster risk reduction and climate change education have been endorsed by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and re-printed by other organisations such as World Vision, Save the Children International, CARE International in Vietnam, British Council and GIZ. The Government of Armenia has requested for re-using this material. The MOET used these materials for training 300 primary teachers in Hoa Binh province in 2012 and will scale up the training to other 3 provinces in 2013. 
  2. Total of 240 communication events and campaigns were organized with participation from over 3,000 children and youth.
  3.  More than 150 proposals of climate initiatives were received and 55 out of them were supported for implementation.

Some of the best ideas are:

  • Lighting technology which uses recycled plastic bottles filled with water and bleach, installed into ceilings in poor areas of Ho Chi Minh City. This creates diffused light like a light bulb, without the need for electricity.
  • Improvements in cooking stoves for energy efficiency and emission reduction in Son La Province.
  • Renovation of water filter tanks to improve the access to clean water for floating villages on the Red River in Hanoi.
  • Training farmers to make compost from rice straw which both improves the quality of the next crop and reduces emission from burning straw and smoke pollution in Soc Son (Hanoi) and Thai Binh province.
  • Pilot rotating peanut, soybean and watermelon crops to improve degraded land in Hoa Binh province.
  • Promotion of green transportation through public awareness and advocacy of public bus services and operations. 
  • Establish children-led journalism club. These children are equipped with journalism skills to identify the local environmental issues. 

Child-Centred Climate Resilience Program

The goal of the program is to build the adaptive capacity of children and their communities to manage the impacts of climate change.

This project works in 28 communes in 7 disaster-prone districts of Thai Nguyen, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue, and Tien Giang Provinces. Benificaries include 105,450 girls, boys, women and men as well as government officials at local, provincial and national levels to achive the following:

  • Increased understanding of climate change impacts;
  • Increased capacity to plan for and respond to climate change impacts through participatory planning and community-based action;
  • Increased capacity to implement community-based adaptation in line with the National Target Program to Respond to Climate Change; and
  • Increased understanding and engagement of policy.