Friendship shares experience with French schools on climate
Published : Thursday, 8 April, 2021 at 8:50 PM Count : 90
Three Friendship SPO schools in the riverine chars of Bangladesh will be sharing their experiences with six schools in France, about their personal experiences dealing with the effects of climate change. At the opening ceremony of the program, representatives of schools from far away France shared their experiences through online video conferencing.
The development partner organization Friendship has started this special program to inculcate the strategy of surviving climate change among the students at the secondary level from both countries.
The programme was also attended by William Lebedel, Chair of Friendship France, Jean-Michel Banque, an official of the French Ministry of Education, and representatives of French schools and Friendship officials.
French Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh was the chief guest at the online opening ceremony of the exchange of experiences. He hoped that through this interactive programme, the knowledge of strategies to adapt to climate change in Bangladesh would spread to not just France, but the entirety of the developed world.
Welcoming the audience, Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, said, "Friendship is of utmost importance for the welfare of the remote char communities of the Jamuna-Brahmaputra rivers."
Brigadier General (Retd) Ilyas Iftekhar Rasul, Director and Head of Friendship Education, outlined the strategy for tackling climate change in Friendship’s schools in KurigramGaibandha districts along with Reza Ahmed, Assistant General Manager and Team Leader, Friendship Education.
In addition to regular education and the government curriculum, these students also learn about a code of ethics, civic-mindedness, environmental awareness, disaster preparedness, health and hygiene practices etc., which they then spread among their communities. All of Friendship’s students get these lessons.