Achieve change with Behavioural Science
01 - Improving the Impact - Behavioural Science for Environmental Education
An understanding of human behaviour and behaviour change is essential for effective climate action. It is well understood that human behaviours are largely driving environmental destruction and climate change. However, lesser understood is how to leverage human behaviour as a driver of climate action. Teachers and educators stand on the frontlines of climate action and environmental protection, as schools and youth groups are the first place where we begin to understand the world around us. Increasingly, every subject and topic we learn about is affected by environmental destruction and we must begin to unravel these inerlinkages in all subjects and sectors.
Through a 2-part lab series, we will explore how human behaviour can be brought into your educational programmes and used to increase the impact of your lessons and resources. These labs will be delivered in partnership with the YUNGA global partnership, OpenEvo, UN CC:learn, UNEP and Johns Hopkins University. Experts will share their experiences training educators about human behaviour, understanding environmental education through behavioural science and will provide real case studies and resources that have utilised behavioural science to inform their educational projects.
The labs will also provide you with an opportunity to consider how you teach your programmes and how you can benefit from behavioural science and an increased understanding of human behaviour. Experts will provide feedback and we will discuss follow up support after the workshops to continue to increase the impact of your programmes.
Join us online, on Wednesday 25th of January and Wednesday 1st of February @ 15:00 CET, to explore the field of behavioural science and discuss your programmes with our experts. Registration link is below:
📅 Session 1: 25/01/23 @ 15:00 - 17:00 (CET) https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkcOqoqzsqE9zc8wG6rma6pD6q3oxDjE9e
📅 Session 2: 01/02/23 @ 15:00 - 16:30 (CET)
02 - School-based food and nutrition education: teachers as catalysts for a paradigm change
Are you passionate about food education, but you are unsure about how to put in practice in your school? Or maybe you are leading a successful project in which you have seen positive changes in your students’ food outlooks, and you would like to tell others about it? Then this is the place for you! Join like-minded teachers to see what you can do to be part of the change needed for supporting a new generation of food citizens.
Specifically, this lab will provide you with best practices and simple tools to critically assess what type of activities and learning materials are being implemented in your school and how to adapt them to improve their impact. The lab will also showcase real life cases and examples that demonstrate how FAO’s holistic food education model can be applied through a range of relevant activities – that is, activities that are “fit for purpose” to jointly support the achievement of children’s food competences.
Lead: Melissa Vargas, FAO
03 - Teacher Education Capacity - CCLEARN: Think, Learn, Act Climate
The teaching profession is on the frontline in addressing the challenges of climate change. As today’s children will very likely live the whole of their lives with climate change, it makes sense that they should be prepared for this future. UN CC:Learn has a mission to build climate change literacy at a global level and is looking for ways to empower teachers and students to better understand the issues and become part of the solution.
In particular, UN CC:Learn offers a series of free e-learning resources on climate change and green economy. These are based on official UN content and available in different languages. Course results in an official UN CC:Learn certificate for those who pass. By completing any one of these courses, your journey has begun in becoming a champion for climate change in your family, your school and your community. Information about other relevant UN CC:Learn initiatives, such as in-country support for the integration of climate change into the formal education system as well as youth engagement will be also presented.
Lead: Cristina Rekakavas, UNITAR
Are you a youth campaigner or someone wanting to change behaviours of families, communities or organizations? Maybe you have already experienced the long road of educating, changing perceptions, building beliefs and ultimately changing behaviours? The barriers for changing behaviours and adopting sustainable food consumption and production are many and countless are often are in the “mind”.
Join this change storming forum to learn about behaviour science and share ideas, innovations, success and failures on how you can act with impact. This peer-to-peer youth led exchange will generate practical guidance for practitioners and campaigners as well policy elements to feed into the policy recommendation sessions.
Forum coordinator: Maidie Sinitambirivoutin, FAO
Youth leads: TBD
It is increasingly evident that behaviour science is a fundamental part of creating sustainable transitions at the farm level to consumers. However, it´s clear how to effectively use such methods is still unclear and how it should be linked to policy choices needs to be evaluated. This session brings together behaviour science experts, practitioners and policy experts to discuss what are the fundamental steps to change the way we produce, process and eat our food and what is the role of government, education, consumers and private sector?
Session Leads: Alessandra Gage and Anastasia Tikhonova
Revolutionizing food education in youth for more sustainable food pathways: a FAO-UNICEF masterclass on what you can do to be part of the change
Healthy diets and food practices are a fundamental component of children and adolescents’ development and wellbeing. Effective and engaging food education in schools can help schoolchildren, adolescents and their families navigate their food systems.
On 4 October 2021, FAO and UNICEF jointly hosted a masterclass that featured:
Key experts sharing a transformative vision for food education in schools – one where students are at the centre of their own food learning journey, where activities are carried out beyond the classroom, meaningful and practical, and where food environments are settings for analysing, acting and learning.
Youth leaders, school staff and institutional representatives from across the world showcasing how they have championed and applied the core principles of effective food education in their schools and communities, providing exciting real-life experiences and initiatives that can be replicated in different contexts.
Far from being a one-way conversation, the masterclass provided opportunities for interaction during which participants were invited to share their priorities and commitments related to school food education.
The masterclass aimed at inspiring youth, school staff and other stakeholders to be active agents of change in their own contexts, “walking out” full of ideas and excitement on how to shape their own food practices and school food environments for a healthier and more sustainable future.
Be inspired to become an agent of change: watch the masterclass now!
Organizers: FAO and UNICEF
Target participants: youth, school staff and people interested in transforming food education in schools
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