Italy to become first country to make studying ‘climate change’ compulsory in schools
BY SOPHIE LEWIS
Italian students in every grade are about to get schooled in the climate change and sustainability will soon be compulsory for all students across the country, education minister Lorenzo Fioramonti announced Tuesday.facing our planet. Learning about
According to Fioramonti, Italy is the first country to adopt a Reuters reports.curriculum in public schools. Starting next school year, schools will be required to dedicate 33 hours per year — almost one hour per school week — to discussing the challenges of climate change,
Fioramonti is a 42-year-old lawmaker for the anti-establishment, which has a history of supporting environmental policies. He said sustainability lessons will be worked into several traditional subjects, including geography, math and physics.
“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model,” Fioramonti told Reuters. “I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school.”
Fioramonti told The New York Times that a group of environmental experts will help ministry staff prepare a curriculum. He said the ministry will be ready to train teachers by January.
Different grades will take different approaches to the new curriculum, Fioramonti told The Times. Elementary-aged children will learn using what he called a “fairy-tale model” that connects the environment to stories from different cultures. By middle school, children will learn more technical information, and by high school, they will delve into the‘ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.