Italy to make climate change education compulsory in schools

Italy is set to become the first country to have mandatory coursework focused on climate change in all public schools.

Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti.

Starting September 2020, public schools in Italy will be required by the law to include 33 hours every year in their curricula to study issues related to climate change and sustainability.

“The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the center of the education model,” Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti told Reuters.

“I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school.”

Fioramonti belongs to the antiestablishment Five Star Movement, a left-leaning political party and is the vocal supporter of green policies. He was criticised by the opposition for encouraging students to skip school to take part in climate change protests.

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