KU Vice-Chancellor Challenges Learning Institutions To Provide Space For Research On Climate Change

Through the Ministry of Education Kenya, researchers, academics, and climate change stakeholders have urged local educational institutions to take climate change studies into consideration for the lower and upper studies curricula in order to make the subject accessible to students of all academic levels.

Prof. Paul Wainaina, vice chancellor of Kenyatta University, acknowledged the significance of understanding climate change in his statement and urged different stakeholders to embrace climate change studies.

As stated in a portion of Professor Wainaina’s address, “the call to carbon neutrality and a decrease in global temperature will not be achieved unless we invest in imparting proper information, skills, and attitude on the current generation to promote climate justice debate.

The professor also stated that the greatest global concern of our time is climate change. From rising sea levels to warming temperatures, from more frequent and severe floods to lower agricultural yields, from contracting economies to widespread human migration and conflicts brought on by climate change.

Dr. Mithika Mwenda, the chief executive officer of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, placed emphasis on the significance of inspiring the next generation to take action to protect the environment.

“A fantastic project called the Nairobi Summer School of Climate Justice was started three years ago. To see young people leading the charge for climate justice on our continent seemed like a daring fantasy to us. It was a dream that is starting to come true “said Dr. Mithika again.

The topic was raised at the Cohort 3 Nairobi Summer School for Climate Justice (NSSCJ) opening ceremony, which was hosted at Kenyatta University. The invitation for applications for a two-week scholarship training at Kenyatta University in early July 2023 was made during the meeting by the NSSCJ, inviting interested youth throughout the Horn of Africa.

Youth from the African continent with an age range of 18 to 35 are eligible to apply.

Winning international applicants will receive a maximum assistance of USD 3500, while successful Kenyan applicants would receive a support of USD 2500.

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has been running the three-year-old program with the assistance of Kenyatta University and other partners.

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