In a concerted effort to foster climate action and environmental stewardship among Thailand’s youth and communities, Huawei, UNESCO, and Thailand’s Ministry of Education have announced a strategic partnership for the Green Education Initiative. This initiative aims to educate and empower young people across the nation about the significance of climate action and equip them with the skills needed to effect change.
Comprising three key areas, the Green Education Initiative has set its focus on transforming educational institutions and engaging communities:
Green Schools: Advocating water security, clean energy, biomass production, and waste management within educational institutions.
Green Skills: Cultivating environmental responsibility and sustainability skills among students, educators, and communities.
Green Communities: Extending awareness and promoting green practices beyond the school premises to local communities.
Under Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative and in collaboration with UNESCO, plans are underway to develop green programs and solutions across these areas in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Education. Projects include the implementation of digital power technologies in schools, green energy training for students, and a digital bus aimed at delivering digital literacy and climate action training, with a particular focus on rural and remote areas in Thailand.
The initiative aligns with UNESCO’s definition of ‘greening,’ which advocates for ecologically responsible knowledge and practices, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources for present and future generations.
At the launch event held in Nakhon Nayok Province, Kirimoke Drollett, Chief of Administration of the UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, emphasized the urgency of action to realign efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting the partnership’s commitment to accelerating climate action through green education.
Thailand’s ambitions include a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a roadmap toward carbon neutrality by 2050, emphasizing the pivotal role of solar power. With current solar power capacity standing at 2,633 megawatts and an anticipated increase to 14,864 megawatts by 2037, solar energy stands central to achieving these goals.
Dr. Chaipat Panwatanasakul, Director of Division of Strategy and Planning at Thailand’s Department of Learning Encouragement (DOLE), emphasized the initiative’s alignment with Thailand’s mission to enable lifelong learning and digital education accessibility for all.
Benjamin Liu, Director of Human Resources Department for Huawei Thailand, highlighted Huawei’s commitment to supporting Thailand’s low-carbon future through technological innovation in digital power solutions and green energy training.
The launch event witnessed over 150 attendees, including local officials, partners, educators, students, and community members, showcasing community-based agricultural products from vocational schools, underlining the initiative’s commitment to community empowerment and sustainable practices.