Thursday, November 7, 2019

Italy Schools to Focus on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Italy is set to make it compulsory for schoolchildren to study climate change and sustainable development, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti (right) said on Monday. 

He is proposing that all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September. Also, many traditional subjects, such as geography, mathematics and physics, would be studied from the perspective of sustainable development, said the minister who is a former economics professor at South Africa’s Pretoria University. 

Fioramonti, from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, is the government’s most vocal supporter of green policies and was criticized by the opposition in September for encouraging students to skip school and take part in climate protests. 

“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”, he declared. 

The rest of the world including Malaysia should follow his example. 

My guess is, we won't because we have an Education Minister (right) who is a dimwit, a dunce, a dullard, a dumbbell, a dumbo, a dolt, a dope, a donkey, a dum-dum. 

I can think of many more – but I would need another Coke! My mind goes blank when I think of him! URGH!

And here's something to think about:

Yesterday afternoon, I was at the Malaysian Investment Development Authority office in Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral in KL at the invitation of Maya Kavitha, President of the MIDA International Toastmasters Club. 

I was there to evaluate an Advanced speech from the Specialty Speeches manual.

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