The Intersections of Education, Gender, and Climate Action: Exploring the evidence, challenges, and opportunities for change
Climate change is a global crisis—extreme events such as droughts and floods are affecting the ability of children (especially girls) around the world to learn, to thrive and to aspire to a brighter future. While climate change poses risks to education in several ways, education itself has the potential to reduce climate change and its impacts. Access to quality education enhances girls’ ability to adapt to the intensifying impacts of the climate crisis and the overall resilience of their families, communities, and even their countries. This is one of two complementing events the Council is co-hosting that will explore the nexus of climate, education, and gender, starting with a discussion on the evidence and opportunities for change, followed by a youth-led intergenerational conversation on cross-sectoral actions on girls’ education and climate change.
Co-hosted by the Center for Universal Education—Brookings Institution and the Population Council’s Evidence for Gender and Education Resource (EGER) program, this session will leverage the energy and promise of the annual UN General Assembly, and mid-point reflections on the Sustainable Development Goals, to engage stakeholders across the education, gender, and climate sectors to deepen collective understanding of the evidence, challenges, and opportunities at the intersections of education, gender, and climate facing the world now and in the future.
The other event, “Reimagining the Future: Centering education, gender, and climate for a sustainable world” will be held on Thursday, September 21.
Partnering With Adolescent Mothers to Break the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty
This event is grounded in the lived experiences of adolescent mothers in East and Southern Africa, who are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Co-hosted by Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund, Children’s Rights Innovation Fund, GIRL Center Population Council, International Resource for Impact Storytelling, and We Are Purposeful, presenters will reflect on narrative research and insights from adolescent mothers in Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania as they articulate their needs, priorities, and solutions for providing nurturing care for their children and securing their own futures. Panelists will also discuss what formal power holders can do to center adolescent mothers in policy solutions and actively engage them in program design, development, and implementation.