'Italy will next year become the first country to make studying climate changecompulsory in schools.
'The entire ministry is being changed to make sustainability and climate the centre of the education model,' Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti told Reuters from his Rome office on Monday.
'I want to make the Italian education system the first education system that puts the environment and society at the core of everything we learn in school.'
Fioramonti, of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, is the government's boldest eco-warrior and was criticised by the opposition in September for encouraging pupils to go on climate strike.
Fioramonti said all state schools would dedicate 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, to climate change issues from the start of the next academic year in September.
Many traditional subjects, such as geography, mathematics and physics, would also be studied from the perspective of sustainable development, said the minister, a former economics professor at South Africa's Pretoria University.
Fioramonti, 42, has been a target of the right-wing opposition since becoming a minister in the two-month-old government of 5-Star and the centre-left Democratic Party.
His proposals for new taxes on airline tickets, plastic and sugary foods to raise funds for education were strongly attacked by critics who said Italians were already over-taxed.'
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