The serene beauty of rural Bangladesh, boats with sails, the devastation of cyclone in the coastal areas and disaster preparedness were captured in the canvas of the students of two local schools of Cox’s Bazar – a coastal district of Bangladesh. One hundred students from two schools expressed their love for nature and concerns for disasters and calamities through beautiful paintings. It was an extra-ordinary gathering of futures of the nation organized by CLAP (Coastal Livelihoods Adaptation Project). The project is funded by BMZ, German Government and supported by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GmbH. IUCN is providing technical assistance to the five implementing partners of the project.
Climate change is no more a new issue in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of the first and major victims of human induced global warming and climate change. Apart from different initiatives, raising awareness among the young kids could be one of the best solutions to mitigate and reduce the adverse effect of climate change. Bearing this in mind, the CLAP has been developing series of school books on natural disaster and ways to survive from it.
To validate the knowledge products so far the CLAP has produced, IUCN on 09 December 2013, organized a School Validation Workshop and Art Competition in Cox’s Bazar District with local school students of Class V and Class VIII. The students attended the workshop where they got opportunity to interact with scientists and experts and provide their inputs for the books. Eminent citizens including Country Representative of IUCN Bangladesh Mr Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad, Country Programme Coordinator Dr Istiak Sobhan, Professor Mostak Ahmed of Ramu College, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Mr Abul Foyez Md Alauddin Khan, District Forest Officer (North) Mr Shah-E-Alam, Upazila Secondary Education Officer Mr Mohammad Selim Uddin, representative from GIZ Mr Abu Naser and local journalists were present in the occasion. This was a part of series of validation workshops across the country. IUCN has been organizing 20 such validation workshops under this project.