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November 15, 2021 Monday 11:23:06 AM IST

Climate Change Poses Threat to Education Among the Deprived Girls and Women.

Leadership Instincts

Dr. Catherine Porter, Director of Young Lives, an innovative long-term international research project investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty, highlights the impact of climate change on education. The research conducted by Young Lives uncovers how climate change affects has a down beating impact on the lives of young children. The research conducted in poor communities across Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam explained the impact of climate change among vulnerable people.

Children living in the very poorest households have been significantly more affected by extreme weather events. In Ethiopia, a startling 81% of children in our poorest households experienced at least one extreme weather event, compared to only 22% in the least poor households. When extreme weather events destroy crops or lead to higher food prices, vulnerable families struggle to maintain nutritious diets. Young Lives’ evidence shows that poor diets and child malnutrition can have severe long-term consequences, affecting physical growth, cognitive skills, and progress in school. Across all four countries, the children most likely to be under-nourished are in the poorest households, in rural areas, and often among minority groups. In fact, analysis across all four study countries found that rainfall shocks and malnutrition experienced by adolescent girls even before they became pregnant can have a negative impact on future children’s height, again from infancy through to adolescence. Thus, climate-crisis-induced malnutrition can also be transmitted from one generation to the next.

The project has called to action for more vigorous research and action to support children to achieve quality education and help the disadvantaged communities to adapt to climate change and to safeguard girls and young women’s development and education.