GPE Launches Virtual Reality Film on Climate Change And Education

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WASHINGTON D.C., MAPUTO – Media OutReach – 23 October 2023 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) launched today Education in the eye of the storm a virtual reality film in partnership with UNICEF showcasing the challenges that climate change poses on childrens education in Mozambique.

Education in the eye of the storm invites users to experience how extreme weather events are impacting education and how children and their communities are adapting.

Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record, hit Mozambique twice – on February 24 and March 11, 2023 – causing strong winds combined with heavy rains and wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of families.

Viewers will experience Cyclone Freddys intensity and get a visceral understanding of the challenges faced by the community during this natural disaster, said Laura Frigenti, GPEs Chief Executive Officer. Education is an underestimated but critical pillar of climate action. GPE will continue helping partner countries develop climate-smart education systems, added Frigenti.

As the climate crisis intensifies, Mozambique continues to face recurrent cyclones and climate shocks, which are putting childrens ability to learn in serious jeopardy. Thats why UNICEF is working with Government of Mozambique and partners to invest in climate resilient classrooms, which can stand up to the strongest storms and make sure children remain in school even after disasters strike, said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique.

Through a 360 immersive experience, users can access videos, photos, interviews and other content to understand the scale of the destruction caused by Cyclone Freddy and its consequences for childrens education.

Keeping children in school through climate-related event starts with building resilient education systems. This includes risk-sensitive planning, climate-resilient infrastructure, and advancing curricula and teacher training on climate and disaster risk reduction.

To fully harness the potential of education for climate action, GPE is working with partners to offer technical support to include climate-risk in countries plans, fosters cross-sector coordination and financing for adaptation efforts.

With almost one third of GPE grants supporting climate change response efforts, GPE also launched the Climate Smart Education Systems initiative in partnership with Save the Children and UNESCO, to enhance countries capacities to include climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability into education sector plans and budgets.

Access to view the virtual reality film.

Read the Factsheet: Confronting climate change through education


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world's toughest places to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them reach their true potential. Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for all. And we never give up. For more information on UNICEF Mozambique and its work for every child, visit

About the Global Partnership for Education

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the worlds learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support nearly 90 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.

Contact Details

GPE Head of Communications

Tamara Kummer

+33 7 82 26 07 18

Chief of Advocacy, Communication and Partnerships (ACP), UNICEF Mozambique

Guy Taylor (English)

+258 85 183 9954

Communication Officer, UNICEF Mozambique

Gabriel Pereira (Portuguese)

+258 84 522 1721

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