Experts call for climate change awareness for Mberengwa

Pic: Climate Change Management Department, Emily Matingo

Whitney Sibanda

Mberengwa – Climate change impact is ravaging Mberengwa and in particular the Education Sector where droughts, food shortages, floods are affecting passrates through absenteeism and dropouts, a workshop on climate change mainstreaming held at the Ministry of Education offices on Tuesday last week was told.

Mberengwa District Schools Inspector (DSI), Germination Moyo said the negative impact of climate change was huge and this was mainly seen through dropping passrates.

He said many schools in the district are suffering as a result of climate change and called for schools to plan for these natural changes.

The workshop was organised by Climate Change Management Department under Ministry of Environment  and attended by stakeholders from the District Development Committee, line ministries, Non-governmental organizations, Civil Society Organizations, villages and vulnerable groups.

Moyo urged schools to plan, go green and manage water sources in order to prepare and prevent negative climate change impact on school children.

Climate Change Management Department (CCMD) director, Washington Zhakata said Mberengwa was highly vulnerable to effects of climate change. He said it was important to raise awareness on climate change and its impacts not only on education but all other sectors like agriculture, infrastructure development, health, water management, and planning.

“Mberengwa District is highly vulnerable to climate change with respect to education and food security and for the past 10 years rains were not consistent which causes drought and poverty almost every year,” said Zhakata.

“Many schools are recording poor passrates, children fail to attend schools and external supervision of schools cannot take place due to floods. Climate change has caused poverty and once the community is poor the schools become poor too, parents cannot pay fees and schools cannot afford learning resources,” said Moyo.

CCMD’s Emily Matingo presented climate change priorities for adaptation and mitigation in order to reduce vulnerability of both rural and urban communities.

She said: “Climate smart agriculture technics, redesigning building codes and water management will help in mitigating and adapting climate change impacts.”

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