UNICEF and DIPECHO support planning for disaster risk reduction in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, 2010 – working group of Disaster Risk Reduction in Education came together to finalize the work plan which will now be submitted to the relevant ministers for their signature. The group is the result of a partnership with (DIPECHO) the Disaster preparedness branch of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department.
This project is a joint effort of UNICEF, Ministry of Emergency Situation and Ministry of Education, under the scope of its EU-funded partnership entitled “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in Azerbaijan”, to emphasize the need for a systematic approach to disaster risk reduction and advocate for mainstreaming a child-focused DRR policy and strategic framework into existing education and disaster preparedness related policies, planning and programmes.
The Government of Azerbaijan, has been actively engaged in strengthening national capacities for disaster preparedness and risk reduction. Efforts are underway to ensure a systematic approach in indentifying and assessing the risks and minimizing the socio-economic impact of disasters on children through the application of more holistic and integrated strategies for education.
Working group consisting of the representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Emergency Situations and UNICEF discussed the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Selecting of Schools and Conduction Bale-Line Survey, Implementation of Teacher Training Review and Curriculum as well. The finalization of the work plan includes the main intervention areas, mainly looking at curriculum and teacher training methodologies to enhance the components of DRR and at district level piloting interventions to increase children and community knowledge on disaster risk reduction due to their geographical vulnerability to natural disasters. It also coincides with the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Next meeting is going to take place with the presence of ECHO representatives, who will visit Azerbaijan next week and meet with the representatives from Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and UNICEF.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Emergency Situations and UNICEF came together to celebrate the finalization of the work plan