Peshawar/Chitral (Khyber Mail): The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, celebrated the achievements of its Climate Action Fellows and unveiled their innovative action plans at an event in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). This initiative marks a significant stride in the “Raise Awareness and Inspire Action on Environmental Protection” project, aimed at addressing pressing climate challenges in the region.

The event highlighted the top 10 action plans selected for funding, which are poised to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for KP. This includes tackling issues exacerbated by climate change such as forest fires, water scarcity, sanitation challenges, and urban flooding, impacting the livelihoods of 30 million residents across the province.

Dr. Fozia Parveen, Assistant Professor and Project Lead at AKU-IED, expressed her enthusiasm for the educators’ dedication and innovative spirit in tackling the climate crisis through hands-on educational initiatives. “The overwhelming response to our fellowship underscores the commitment of KP educators to fostering environmental stewardship,” she remarked, emphasizing the potential for systemic change through collective action.

The fellowship attracted 500 applications, from which 50 outstanding educators were selected after rigorous evaluation. Commencing with workshops in Chitral and Peshawar, the program equipped teachers with essential skills and knowledge to integrate climate change education into their curricula and community initiatives.

U.S. Consul General Shante Moore underscored the U.S. Embassy’s commitment to environmental protection and education in KP, emphasizing the role of empowered educators in driving positive community impact. “Through initiatives like the Green Alliance, we aim to nurture a generation of environmentally conscious leaders who will champion sustainability,” Moore affirmed.

Mr. Abdul Akram, Additional Secretary Education, Government of KP, highlighted the pivotal role of teachers in inspiring future generations to innovate and address environmental challenges. “Climate change education is essential for fostering a sustainable future,” he emphasized, pledging support for initiatives that empower educators and promote environmental awareness.

As the project progresses, AKU-IED remains steadfast in its mission to cultivate a network of environmentally aware educators committed to advancing climate resilience and environmental stewardship in KP. Through ongoing mentorship and collaborative efforts, this initiative aims to leave a lasting impact on environmental sustainability across the region.

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