UNESCO, in partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has launched a new kit on Desertification in English, French, and Spanish, targeted for use in the classroom by teachers and their pupils between ages 10 and 12. Children in that age group are potential future front line players in the efforts to combat Desertification, which is a major cause of environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources that lead to poverty hunger and mass migrations.
The kit, funded by the Governments of Italy and Switzerland, has been distributed in an initial pilot phase exclusively by UNESCO through its Associated Schools network to selected primary schools in countries affected by desertification. The feedback has been very encouraging and positive and a second phase is being envisaged.
The Sassi of Matera illustrates the natural resource management capabilities (water, sun and energy) that were once perfectly employed but are so often neglected today.
For more information and for download the complete version of the Kit UNESCO, see this link link