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NGO Friendship expands climate programme to four countries

Published : 26 Jan 2023 10:18 PM

NGO Friendship has expanded its climate change programme for school students to four other countries – France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Cambodia.

This ‘Inter-School Connectivity’ project was inaugurated on Wednesday, said a press release.

With that, students of 15 Friendship Schools will continue to exchange climate and disaster coping capacity knowledge with 18 schools from far away France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Cambodia.

Friendship started this special initiative in 2021 among the students in remote areas of the Brahmaputra river basin.

The aim of this project is to make students of remote areas skilled in climate change and disaster management.

As per the programme, students of Friendship’s own schools participate in online sessions with students abroad, sharing experiences, knowledge, and fostering camaraderie, companionship and mutual understanding. 

Friendship founder Runa Khan said students from the chars (river islands) survive facing natural disasters like floods, river erosion, cold wave, drought, and cyclones every year.

“Improving and spreading survival strategies will contribute to climate change and sustainable development.”

AQM Shafiul Azam, director of secondary and higher education, and Nicolas Marquis, deputy director of National Education and Youth Ministry of France, discussed the objectives of the project as guests.

They hope that the student’s language and communication skills will improve using the technology of this project, according to the press release.