Children and schools in hazard prone areas of Georgia are fully prepared to better respond to disasters
The conference sums up the major achievements in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in education
TBILISI, 21 November 2013 - Development of the 20-hour disaster risk reduction teacher training module and its incorporation in the national teacher professional development programs, establishment of the core group of trainers in ten pilot schools, development of the disaster risk reduction electronic games for primary level school children, expansion of youth networks and implementation of small-scale innovative projects reaching over 60,000 people with important messages on natural hazards, and disaster risk reduction – these are the major achievements of the second phase of the “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in South Caucasus” project. The project was funded by the Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO) of the European Commission.
The results of the project are been reviewed at the conference in Tbilisi with participation of the key partners, including teachers and young people from different regions of Georgia. The leading partners of the initiative are the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Interior, National Teacher Professional Development Center, Disaster Risk Reduction Center and UNICEF.
During the event, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia officially launched the electronic game on disaster risk reduction which enables the primary level school children to learn about safety in case of earthquakes, fires, floods and landslides with fun and interactive way. In addition, interactive presentations were made by the young leaders from the pilot schools on the innovative small-scale projects they had implemented in their schools and communities.
The second part of the event was dedicated to the presentations of teachers on good practices and lessons learned on teaching disaster risk reduction with interactive methods. The conference participants also outlined the way ahead to ensure the safety and resilience of children to disasters by further reinforcing mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in education, both at the policy and operational levels.
The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) is one of the world’s largest providers of financing for humanitarian aid operations. Its mandate not only includes the funding of disaster relief but also the support of disaster preparedness activities, in particular at local level. Through its disaster preparedness program (DIPECHO) it assists vulnerable people living in the main disaster-prone regions of the world in reducing the impact of natural disasters on their lives and livelihoods.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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