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Addressing Climate Change at a Much Younger Age Than just at the Decision-Making Level: Perceptions from Primary School Teachers in Fiji

  • Peni Hausia HaveaEmail author
  • Apenisa Tamani
  • Anuantaeka Takinana
  • Antoine De Ramon N’ Yeurt
  • Sarah L. Hemstock
  • Hélène Jacot Des Combes
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Abstract

This study uses an explanatory design to investigate the role of primary education in addressing climate change in primary schools in Fiji. A self-administered questionnaire (N = 30) was conducted with primary school teachers from 14 primary schools in Fiji. Using frequency analysis, all teachers perceived that addressing climate change at a much younger age is more effective than just addressing it at the decision-making level. Furthermore, a Kendall tau-b was performed, and identified a significant correlation between the primary school teachers’ location and recommendations for further training on climate change (τb = .59, p < .001) and work relevance and climate evaluation (τb = .6, p < .001). The same factors (e.g. work relevancy, helping primary education adapt to climate change, etc.) were explored qualitatively using desktop review, literature search and found addressing climate change at a much younger age to be significant. These results are expected to perfect not only the role of primary education but to contribute significantly to the achievements of a climate-resilient Fiji by 2030 and beyond.

Keywords

Pacific Climate change Primary education Policy Teachers Resilience 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The SPC/GIZ CCCPIR Programme in Suva supported this research, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, the School of Humanities (Geography), at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK and the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peni Hausia Havea
    • 1
    Email author
  • Apenisa Tamani
    • 2
  • Anuantaeka Takinana
    • 3
  • Antoine De Ramon N’ Yeurt
    • 1
  • Sarah L. Hemstock
    • 4
  • Hélène Jacot Des Combes
    • 5
  1. 1.PaCE-SDUSPSuvaFiji
  2. 2.Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHSuvaFiji
  3. 3.Graduate School of Global Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  4. 4.School of HumanitiesBishop Grosseteste UniversityLincolnUK
  5. 5.National Disaster Management OfficeGovernment of Marshall IslandsMajuroRepublic of the Marshall Islands

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