Fire Safety Curriculum for Primary Students Launched Today
SUVA, 07 February 2013 – Several fires last year in which seven children were killed has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ministry of Education and the National Fire Authority to work together and launch a Fire Safety Curriculum.
The curriculum which is for primary school students in classes five and six was launched today by the Minister of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Honourable Colonel Samuela Saumatua and the Acting Minister for Education, Commander Viliame Naupoto.
Representing UNICEF Pacific at the launch, Simon Molendijk, Education Specialist said “UNICEF was glad to support this initiative so children know about the dangers of fires and practice home fire escape plans to ensure they will be safe if a fire were to start.”
“Young children are not able to sense danger in the same way as adults. They have a limited ability to react quickly if there was a fire which increases their risk of death and injury. Fire safety is so important and this curriculum is one way of ensuring that children know about the dangers of fires,” he added.
The curriculum comprises of a Pupil’s Fire Safety Activity Book and Teacher’s Handbook.
A grant of $FJD 40,000 was given by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the production of the curriculum.