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INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (IRDP) MAINSTREAMS CLIMATE CHANGE INTO ITS CURRICULA

INSTITUTE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (IRDP) MAINSTREAMS CLIMATE CHANGE INTO ITS CURRICULA

 A section of the participants listening to the proceedings during the workshop on reviewed curriculum at IRDP on Friday 13th  October, 2017.

Climate change has become a worldwide phenomenon and its adverse effects felt in almost every country. For that reason Decentralized Climate Finance Project Tanzania has called its local participating organizations namely Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) and Local Government Training Institute (LGTI) to strategize on how to build awareness among Tanzanian communities. As part of the strategy, LGTI and IRDP, have decided to mainstream climate change issues in their academic curricula so that graduates from these institutions become climate change sensitive and thus  become ambassadors of climate change issues among the local communities in Tanzania. The move aims to enhance awareness of citizen on climate change.

IRDP conducted stakeholder’s workshop on 13th October, 2017, for validating  the developed and reviewed curricula which have mainstreamed  climate change issues.  Following the curriculum review exercise, all IRDP programmes from i.e. Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Master Degree are climate change sensitive.. Notably, all graduate from IRDP are expected to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude on climate change and thus be able to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate climate smart interventions.

The workshop was attended by participants from different Government Ministries, Department and Agencies such as Ministry of Finance and Planning, Vice Presidents Office, Presidents Office Regional Administration and Local Government, National Environment Management Council, Regional Secretariats from Arusha and Dodoma regions, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) staff from Bukoba, Ngorongoro, Longido, Monduli, Dodoma, Chamwino to mention few) as well as Non Governmental Organisations, and higher learning institutions including University of Dodoma, College of Business Education, Local Government Training Institute Hombolo. Other participants included Research Institutions and , Decentralized Climate Finance Project (DCFP) partners namely International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED), Haki Kazi Catalyst Arusha.

Similarly, a sister organization to IRDP, LGTI has also reviewed its curriculum to mainstream climate change.. Currently, all programs offered at LGTI will have a mandatory module on Climate Change.

It is now the duty of all Tanzanians to support DCFP’s initiatives in making Climate Change an adaptable reality in Tanzania. Likewise, IRDP and LGTI have to strive to inculcate the knowledge, skills, attitude and a life time culture into their students so that they graduate as competent champions of climate change adaptation and resilience initiatives. The aim is to make Climate Change initiatives a pride of this generation and many others to come.

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