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UNICEF visited four schools in Popondetta, Oro Province in July to introduce the Riskland game to teachers and students. Riskland is a learning tool based on a board game designed to engage students in a fun way that is aimed at building their awareness about disaster risks and preparedness. The game provides an udnerstanding of how some practical ideas and actions can reduce the impact of disasters, while others can increase our vulnerability. When comunities are able to manage the risks that exist in their surroundings through preparation and preventive measures, they can reduce the negative impacts of a disaster.
The Department of Education is distributing the game to all schools in the country. Popondetta was selected as the first province to trial the game because of its vulnerability to flooding disasters.
Riskland was first developed by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction for children in Latin America and the Carribbean. UNICEF adapted the game to the Papua New Guinea context.