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Learning on how to respond to disasters in schools

Disaster risk reduction being officially introduced in school curriculum in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia, 28-29 May 2011 – Training of heads of class from 25 pilot schools throughout Georgia was conducted within the framework of the project - “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in Southern Caucasus”. The project is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection and implemented jointly by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, National Curriculum and Assessment Centre, Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and UNICEF.

An advanced pilot training exercise involving over 100 head teachers from the capital Tbilisi and other disaster prone areas of Georgia was conducted by the experts of National Curriculum and Assessment Centre and Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs based on the Disaster Risk Reduction training module developed by the technical working group.

The learning methodology is interactive encouraging head teachers to engage students through mini-lectures, debates, group brainstorming exercises, games, interactive presentations and discussions as well as a variety of practical exercises (experiments, simulations, competitions, etc.).

During the training teachers also received a Disaster Risk Reduction methodological guide and educational kit for children “Let’s learn to prevent disasters” containing games and illustrated manual. The training was well received by the participants, acknowledging their important role in raising awareness among school children. The education on disaster risk is essential for enhancing safety of schools and encouraging responsible and preventive behaviors in students.

Lessons learned from the pilot phase will be assessed and the Disaster Risk Reduction subject will officially be introduced by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia into the Head of Class Hour Programme for grades V-IX countrywide starting from the new school year 2011-2012.


About ECHO
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (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 programme (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 is on the ground in over 150 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.


For further information, please contact:

Maya Kurtsikidze, Communication Officer, UNICEF Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 23 23 88, 25 11 30,  mob: (995 99) 53 30 71



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