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Central Asian experts improve skills in disaster risk reduction in education

Tashkent 26 May 2009 - Thirty participants from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are taking part in a four day training to increase their knowledge and skills in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction at schools.

‘Equipping schools, teachers and children with good disaster risk reduction knowledge and skills will help build a safer world. Over five thousand one hundred teachers in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan will directly benefit from today’s training, meaning many young lives will be saved’ said Mahboob Shareef, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan

The training is being organized under UNICEF’s sub-regional project “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst vulnerable communities in Central Asia”, (DIPECHO) which is supported by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office.

In 2005, world leaders gathered in Hyogo, Japan and endorsed an Action Plan for addressing disaster risks and vulnerabilities. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are signatories to the Action Plan, commonly known as the Hyogo Framework for Action or HFA.

This training specifically aims to contribute to HFA Priority 3 (Use knowledge and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels) through introducing practical approaches and techniques in reducing disaster threats into the educational system.

The training is facilitated by two experienced international experts working for UNICEF. Participants include trainers from the national education system, particularly teacher training institutions and government officials from the Ministries of Education and of Emergency Situations from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Central Asia is particularly prone to emergencies caused by natural hazards which put human lives and health at risk. They also impact on economic growth and development. Devastation from disasters can be significantly cut down through solid disaster risk reduction initiatives. The concept of disaster risk reduction implies a culture of prevention and mitigation.

And for UNICEF, this means in addition to preparing to respond to future disasters, being proactive in advocating for and implementing measures that will help reduce the disastrous consequences of natural hazards on children and women.

Networking and cross border cooperation is a key theme and participants will learn the lessons found in other parts of the world. Materials introduced in the workshop will contribute to the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction approaches in the national education sector.


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 more information please contact:

Matthew Taylor, UNICEF Uzbekistan Communications Specialist
+998 93 399 0558

Hurshnid Sattarov, UNICEF Uzbekistan Disaster risk and reduction programme officer
 + 998 72 233 9735






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