Written by: Alfredo Salazar, Peruvian Delegate at Mock Education Ministers Summit
As a delegate, I had the chance to connect with like-minded people from around the world who are united to tackle the climate crisis through education and youth engagement in decision-making areas.
In August, I had the exciting opportunity to participate as a Peruvian Delegate at the Mock Education Minister Summit (Mock EMS), an online event designed for education and environmental leaders to assess climate education within their counties. During this summit, we focused on climate education and acquired valuable knowledge in this area. In this blog post, I would like to share my transformative experience and how it broadened my perspective on climate education.
Building Capacities for Climate Education
The Mock Education Minister Summit provided an excellent platform to build capacities in climate education. As a delegate, I had the chance to connect with like-minded people from around the world who are united to tackle the climate crisis through education and youth engagement in decision-making areas.
Through a series of previous workshops, panel discussions, and collaborative activities, we gained knowledge of climate change concepts, as well as the science behind it, its effects on various regions, and the importance of raising our voices towards ambitious climate goals. We also discussed the value of incorporating climate education into formal curricula and how can we better negotiate with policymakers to make our interests heard.
Acquiring Valuable Knowledge
The Mock EMS proved to be a fulfilling learning experience. We heard from inspiring speakers and experts who presented how climate education is being implemented and inspiring action among young learners.
A key takeaway was the significance of interdisciplinary approaches to climate education. Students can be motivated to learn about climate education; however, they should begin formal education on such a key subject that will assuredly impact their lives.
Impact and Implications for Peruvian Education
After I attended the summit, I widened my view on climate education and how it can impact Peruvian society, as we live in a highly vulnerable country to climate change. As a delegate, I feel proud to collaborate with other national members to promote initiatives with the potential to positively influence environmental matters within the country. I feel grateful for the multicultural exchange of ideas and strategies; Mock EMS allowed me to contribute to the discussion groups and be an active member of the event.
I am motivated to work with key stakeholders to promote climate education. As delegates, we plan to engage with partners to create awareness and address specific regional challenges while promoting sustainable practices and resilience-building.
To sum up, participating in the Mock Education Minister Summit was a very gratifying experience. This event, as a whole, empowered me with knowledge, insights, and strategies to advocate for climate education in my country. I feel inspired to work collaboratively with others in order to address climate change. Together, we can help our world to sustain the lives of its inhabitants.