HE Dr. Al Naimi underlined integrating green skills into educational curricula to raise a generation of students ready to contribute to sustainable development, indicating the importance of identifying priority green skills that must be integrated into various academic disciplines, and understanding the green skills required currently and in the future. He gave example with the model of the European Union and several other countries in identifying green skills that are in high demand to form a vision for the future economy. This proactive approach contributes to reshaping educational curricula to keep pace with evolving needs over time, he said.
HE the Undersecretary of MOEHE also spoke about the requirements for including green skills in educational curricula through targeted courses and multidisciplinary programs in a comprehensive manner, pointing out that climate change is characterized by multidisciplinary pluralism, and the focus should not only be on the natural sciences, but rather on the social, financial, and engineering, architecture sciences, and the liberal arts alike.
His Excellency stressed the importance of joint work between educational institutions, companies and the government, and the necessity of companies identifying the green skills they need in the future. Governments must identify the green skills necessary for climate goals in development plans and those required for future goals after 2030, he explained.
He added that understanding the type of skills required to achieve current and future climate goals, enables the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to work together, thus making the education system capable of producing students equipped with the right green skills to help preserve the environment and meet future challenges.
His Excellency also highlighted the importance of aligning environmental justice with education so that education programs can address differences and ensure a fair provision of green skills, especially with regard to vulnerable and marginalized communities and groups, stressing the need to promote environmental justice through comprehensive policies and initiatives that include diverse groups of actors in developing and implementing green skills programs.
Representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Qatar University, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and the Education Above All Foundation participated in the discussion panel.
Source: Qatar News Agency