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Italy Is Making Climate Change Lessons Compulsory In Schools

HuffPost – All public school students will have 33 hours of mandatory climate change education. “Children studying in Italy’s public schools will soon have climate change lessons on their weekly schedules.  Italy’s education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, announced on Tuesday that climate change and sustainability will be a mandatory part of education for students ages 6 to 19. The new law will make Italy the first country in the world to introduce compulsory climate change education at all levels.  Teachers will start training in the new year and the school module will be rolled out in September 2020.  Initially, the classes will amount to 33 hours a year ― about an hour a week ― but the aim is also to thread the topic through traditional subjects such as geography and math. The syllabus will center around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a collection of 17 goals focused on tackling poverty, inequality and climate change…”

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