Case Study Profile

Forest Community Youth and Climate Change Adaptation: An MTs PAKIS Experience

Regional Hub: Australasia
Country: Indonesia
Action for Climate Empowerment Element: Secondary Education

Supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Republic Indonesia, this case study aims to integrate climate change communication and education (CCE) through local schools. Madrasah Tsanawiyah (MTs) PAKIS (Piety, Achievement, Knowledge, Integrity, and Sincerity) is a junior high school that responds to community problems.

The school brings education to students who live on the edge of the forest, many of whom are forced to work on the field or who have entered early-age marriage, continuing the circle of poverty. Environmental activists initiated the Madrasah to give children access to quality formal education.

Using participatory action research (PAR) this Case Study research aims to apply existing climate change communication and education practices but with modifications to suit the local context. The study also seeks to facilitate a direct transfer of knowledge to the community. It focuses on three data variables: program performance, educational effectiveness, and existing problems. The performance assessment of climate change education programs uses the parameters set out in the Action for Climate Empowerment guidelines. The research will also work to assess the effectiveness of climate change teaching using the guidelines given to educators. Finally, the Case Study research will undertake a systematic review to inform future decision making. decisions.

Many schools in Indonesia include environmental education in the curriculum for local context. MTs PAKIS emphasizes practical and applicable aspects of local-characteristic ecological education since the location of the school and many students live at the edge of the forest. Education in this school uses the natural conditions of the surrounding environment as a medium of learning. Environmental education carried out by MTs PAKIS will include mitigation and adaptation to climate change and will be delivered in the school and in the forest.

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