Zambian Education Programme for Climate Action (ZEPCA)

Climate change presents a major threat to the future economic and societal development of Zambia. Forestry, agriculture and energy sectors are the major contributors to the country greenhouse gas emissions. Transformative behavior change education is an essential factor in the fight against climate change. The project aims to empower all members of Zambian society to support the achievement of Zambia’s NDCs, mainly in the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors. The project will develop context specific climate curricular for primary, secondary schools, universities, vocational schools, and build the capacity of teacher training centers. The project will also work with the non-formal education sector, such as NGOs and youth organizations to reach the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The project will have a GIS-based monitoring and evaluation component to develop of a strong evidence base and allow a behavioural science approach.

Project data

IKI funding
379,604.79 €
06/2022 till 03/2023
Implementing organisation
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Zambia
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Green Economy and Environment - Zambia
Implementing Partner
  • The Copperbelt University (CBU)
  • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • The University of Zambia (UNZA)
  • UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa

State of implementation/results

  • The preparation phase of the project includes the following topics:
    • Establishing baselines and objectives within the three main sectors (energy, agriculture and forestry)
    • Determining barriers and establishing the education and capacity building objectives. A comprehensive stakeholder engagement and involvement of the subsectors through participatory workshops and consultations will ensure ownership, institutionalisation and sustainability of the project.
  • After the preparation phase, a decision is made on further funding by the International Climate Initiative.

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