What impact has climate change on school life ?

Nothing is safe from the effects of climate change even our school life and our school well-being both mentally and physically .

Facts and indicators

Since our health is at risk because of extreme weather events like floods , fires and droughts our school life is then in danger because of missing school classes for long periods . In Tunisia and during the last 5 years at least I remember there were states of emergency for many times and the schools were closed for days because of repeated floods and strong rainfalls. Some schools were drowned because of the level of water and the mud which invaded classrooms in different parts of the country. This is happening daily in many countries around the world . In my continent Africa , pupils are having the shortest school year because of days spent away from school since they close with every weather catastrophe. We even have casulties and i still remember the girl who was carried by water while going to school in a rural area in Tunisia . There was no brigde to help cross the river so she was taken by the flood.

There are obviously drastic effects of climate change on the Health of pupils and obviously, negative health impacts come from extreme climate events, such as heat waves, hurricanes/storms, floods and droughts. Gradual changes of climate affecting water, food and air quality also have negative influence on human health around the world and my Country Tunisia is not an exception. Beyond the physical effects are issues related to mental health. Research has shown that increased numbers of extreme events can leave significant fractions of the population with PTSD-like symptoms. Although controversial, studies indicate that there is linkage between rising temperatures and increase in aggression and violence in society.

What adds mud to clay

Poor countries lack a good infrastructure like good roads , strong brigdes , good hospitals and especially a good budget to invest in reducing effects of extreme weather . Each time we hear about a sad story of school where the ceiling falls down after a rain or pupils die in sewers or taken by the floods and we just see sad comments and then nothing happens to fix things. As a pupil I feel sometimes ashamed when I see proposed solutions in other developped countries presented by pupils of my age and I feel we aren't really protected here in my country and my continent . we have a shortage of water which is very sharp in our country and sometimes I feel pity for my classmates who are boarders and they spend days without taking a shower because running tap water isn't available.

How can pupils focus and make progress if they are under stress ? How can they be in good mood if temperatures rise so high in spectember , october and even in november which are a whole term of the school year ? how can they learn comfortablly in the heat ?

what to do ? change starts from school to save schools

The day we went global and started participating in international activities with other schools around the world I started having more open mind and understood that climate change isn't just in my country but also evrywhere and everywhere pupils are affected that's why they have to start taking action themselves . Teachers also can play a big role . We want to learn in a natural place , kind a green place because we love trees and roses and everything eco friendly . this is great to our mental and physical wellness. We are raising awareness and volunteering to collect rubbish and collect any thing recycleable and send them to associations and recycling centers to reuse them . So change starts from school itself. By

  • having lessons about environmental issues and taking part in projects like global conversation or climate change action
  • turning off lights in classrooms when we don't need it
  • writing on both sides of paper
  • we share transport more and more to limit both traffic jam in front of our school and make our parents less stressed
  • we wrote a letter of complaint to the governor of our state about the nearby port which is receiving trash from other countries and dumping them in our lands
  • we invited many Green groups to learn from them
  • we planted 30 trees all around our school especially orange and olive trees at the school back yard . we have a bio garden using the waste of the school restaurant as compost

what was a source of fear like pollution and waste turned into a source of motivation to do green actions

Still we need more efforts from government to think about this issue of the effects of extreme weather on our school life like providing bigger budget to climate change actions and to Education as well.

All in all , climate change affects everything even our school life , that's why we need to gather our efforts and reduce it to have a better education like what we learned via SDG 's : Qulaity Education , clean energy , climate action and all other goals which are mostly related to the effects of climate change

I used some information from " The world Bank Climate Change" the section related to Tunisia

Comments (9)

  • Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet @ the BNC
    10 May 2021

    I've awarded you a star for demonstrating great creativity skills and linking the topic to your school life. Well done! You list lots of actions that schools can take. What do you think should be your school's priority? I wonder what other students think?

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    1. global-conversation.png cheerful_fish | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      Harriet @ the BNC's comment 11 May 2021

      As a student in Palestine. My school priority can be a little bit different from any other place. First, Psychological Health. Why not ? Palestinian children live in a permanent conflict area where they can see the smokes of bombing almost everyday, and always smell tear gas. How would they be convinced of the climate change without having psychological care that leads to deeper thinking of the whole planet.
      Think the quality of education; and that includes the new methods of teaching. Students should be involved into a real activities that helps them to examine the impact of climate change rather than lecturing . Quality also means let students do some researc, connecting to others from various parts of the world and finding sponsors for their mini green projects. In our case, this is highly challenging.
      Finally, big green industries for better future which needs decades until building the needed awareness and responsibilities.

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  • global-conversation.png compelling_construction | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    10 May 2021

    waw so happy to get this star for my school . Well the priority should be to have climate change topics included in our syllabus which won't cost money and having sustainable school buildings caring for pupils health and the environment as well.

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      compelling_construction's comment 12 May 2021

      A good point about educating children from a young age about climate change compelling_construction. What topics do you think schools should cover in their syllabus regarding climate change?

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  • global-conversation.png observant_sparrow | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    10 May 2021

    Hi it's observant_sparrow
    I think that : While children are among the groups most vulnerable to climate change, they should not be seen as passive and helpless victims. They can indeed contribute to all aspects of policy making on climate change, mitigation and adaptation to this phenomenon. Children are powerful agents of change. When, in child-friendly schools, they are empowered and trained in climate change, they can reduce their own vulnerability and that of their community to risks and contribute to sustainable development. Research suggests that educating girls and women is one of the most effective measures to strengthen community adaptation to climate change. Confronted with significant problems, children often demonstrate an extraordinary capacity for adaptation. In addition, their knowledge and skills are essential for developing workable and realistic adaptation plans.
    observant_sparrow

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  • global-conversation.png cheerful_fish | Gaza Prep B Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    11 May 2021

    As a student in Palestine. My school priority can be a little bit different from any other place. First, Psychological Health. Why not ? Palestinian children live in a permanent conflict area where they can see the smokes of bombing almost everyday, and always smell tear gas. How would they be convinced of the climate change without having psychological care that leads to deeper thinking of the whole planet.
    Think the quality of education; and that includes the new methods of teaching. Students should be involved into a real activities that helps them to examine the impact of climate change rather than lecturing . Quality also means let students do some research, connecting to others from various parts of the world and finding sponsors for their mini green projects. In our case, this is highly challenging.
    Finally, big green industries for better future which needs decades until building the needed awareness and responsibilities.

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  • global-conversation.png gentle_signature | Chrisland School | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    Positive school climate is associated to higher academic performance, better mental health, and less bullying. Improving school climate can be used as a preventative approach to reduce disruptive behavior and improve attendance, achievement, and student and parent satisfaction with school.

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  • global-conversation.png brave_bell | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 May 2021

    Climate change has enlightened both the teachers and students on its dangers and how to curb its effects. Ckimate chande has made students cherish their natural enviroment and how to keep it clean. Before climate change begun, trees and other natural plants were not cherished like now in the present. It has made recycling in schools more effective and active. Schools have made groups of different kindsto curb climate change from breaking our world.
    Save our earth.

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  • global-conversation.png observant_sparrow | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    12 May 2021

    Hi it's osrvant_sparrow
    The impact of climate change on the education sector has become evident. Reports from Save the Children (2008) and UNICEF (2008) show that this impact is felt through disruptions in the ability to attend class. For example, in some parts of North Africa, students cannot go to school during hot weather [i] or sandstorms. Roads also become impassable when drought-scorched soils fail to absorb the rains.
    Beyond access to school, climate change is also affecting the health of students and teachers. A warmer climate changes the geographic range of disease vectors, such as mosquitoes. As a result, populations so far spared will be exposed to diseases such as malaria and dengue when they are unprepared. This was the case, for example, with clear liquid meningitis in Djibouti.

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