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Co-designing for Resilience in Rural Development through Peer-to-peer Learning Networks and STEAM Place-based Learning Interventions

Monday, 18 December, 2023

Learning Planet Institute, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation and Teach For All, proudly spearheads the Teachers for the Planet Programme. This initiative stands as a catalyst for action, forging explicit and concrete links between the education and climate change sectors. With a focus on real impact at both school and system levels, the program yields tangible outputs that position education actors as leaders in climate action.

Teachers for the Planet is delighted to announce the selection of SMARTlab Skelligs - Future Focus21c's climate change education solution, Muinín Catalyst Sustainable STEAM, as one of 100 outstanding education solutions. These solutions will take center stage in an online repository set to launch on the 8th of December at the RewirED Summit during the Global Climate Change Conference (COP28). The repository, accessible at (opens in a new window)https://teachersfortheplanet.org/, will serve as a valuable resource for educators, policymakers, and climate advocates seeking effective solutions to integrate climate change education into curricula.

The calibre of the received solutions for the Teachers for the Planet Programme was exceptionally high, and SMARTlab Skelligs - Future Focus21c is warmly congratulated on being selected as part of this prestigious group. This recognition underscores SMARTlab Skelligs - Future Focus21c's commitment to addressing the urgent challenges posed by climate change through innovative education solutions. As part of this global initiative, Muinín Catalyst Sustainable STEAM is poised to make a significant contribution to shaping the future of climate change education and inspiring positive action.

The programmes SMARTlab Skelligs is a host research organisation for UCD, and a satellite of SMARTlab UCD and the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland. The team Dr Jessica Garska, Dr Anita McKeown and Rebecca White with Professor Lizbeth Goodman, chair of Creative Technology Innovation, School of Material and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture, are funded through the Discover programme, Science Foundation Ireland and Department of Education, Ireland and a team of external experts.

For more information please visit: (opens in a new window)www.muinincatalyst.com

(opens in a new window)https://www.smartlabskelligs.com/post/muinin-catalyst-sustainable-steam-munster-wide-roll-out

(opens in a new window)https://www.futurefocus21c.com/post/our-programmes-and-how-we-work-with-external-experts

For media inquiries, please contact: Contact: Dr. Jessica Garska, project manager jessica.garska@ucd.ie For more information on the Teachers for the Planet Programme and to access the repository, please visit (opens in a new window)https://teachersfortheplanet.org/

About Learning Planet Institute:

Since 2006, the Learning Planet Institute has been dedicated to reinventing learning for all ages (lifelong learning) through collective intelligence in order to build sustainable & inclusive learning societies able to rise to the complex challenges we face. The Institute’s mission is to explore, research and share new ways of learning and cooperating in order to respond to the needs of the youth and the planet. By encouraging and disseminating a culture, methods and tools for empowerment, it transforms organisations. Ultimately, it leads communities and supports “Learning Planetizens” to take care of themselves, the others and the planet. (opens in a new window)https://www.learningplanetinstitute.org/en/

About Aga Khan Foundation:

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, not-for-profit, non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. AKF brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. With an emphasis on women and girls, AKF invests in human potential, expanding opportunities and improving quality of life. @AKF_Global (opens in a new window)https://the.akdn/en/

About Teach For All:

The Teach for All network is developing collective leadership a where all children can fulfil their potential. Teach For ALL envisions a world where all children have the education, support, and opportunity to shape a better future for themselves and all of us. Teach For All’s global network spans six continents, with independent partner organizations in 61 countries. Explore the map below to learn more about our diverse network. (opens in a new window)https://teachforall.org/

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