In an effort to boost knowledge and awaken the consciousness of students on the importance of the environment to human life, the Gabonese Government on Monday commenced a training for teachers of the sciences of life and the earth, social and family economy.
The training, sponsored by the Spanish Ambassador to Gabon, Fernando Alonso Navaridas, in collaboration with the National Institute of Pedagogy and the Higher Teachers Training College, is intended to train the trainers of teachers of the discipline in Gabonese secondary schools.
The training is within the context of the Environmental Education Extension Programme of the Spanish Embassy and aimed at reinforcing the capacities of teachers so that they can have a much bigger influence in awakening the civic consciousness of the youth in their care.
“There are about 100 trainers who are being trained and the results which we would finally obtain would be that schools in Gabon would be able to have the curriculum with concrete contents which would aid the youth to have a very clear conscience of the environmental stakes and to become part of the solution,” Navaridas said at the opening ceremony.
The Spanish diplomat said the training was part of a request made to her by President Ali Bongo a year ago that she extend a pilot programme already developed in a school in Libreville where more than 600 children were trained.
The 100 teachers would alternate in days between November 30 and December 3 in two groups of 50 participants each for the training which would be followed by field work on December 5.
The training consists of introduction to the most important environmental problems at global, regional (Africa) and local (Gabon) levels, climatic changes and the environment as well as their consequences.
The training is being carried out by Cristiane Castilho Ribeiro, a lawyer, specialised in Brazilian environmental law at the Universite Estacio de Sa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.