Rome: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti, on Monday announced that climate change and sustainable development study will be compulsory for all school children in Italy from the next academic year in September 2020. He stated that all the schools need to dedicate 33 hours per year which accounts to 1 hour per school week to the issues of climate change.
He also pointed out that subjects like geography, mathematics and physics should be taught from a perspective of sustainable development. On September, Fioramonti was criticized by the opposition when he encouraged school children to take part in climate protests by skipping schools.
In an interview in his Rome office, Fioramonti, stated that he wanted to make Italy the first country that considers climate change study as a core subject in schools.
Fioramonti’s proposal for new taxes on plastic, sugary foods and airline tickets to raise funds for education were strongly attacked by critics. However, the new budget of the government for 2020 included taxes on both plastic and sugary drinks.