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Conference discusses on how to incorporate disaster preparedness in education system

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The conference on “Hyogo Framework for Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” in Tbilisi aimed at mainstreaming disaster preparedness and risk reduction in formal education as well as in extra-curricular activities.

TBILISI, Georgia, 16 December 2010 – The conference on “Hyogo Framework for Action and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” opened today in Tbilisi aimed at further highlighting strong linkages between disaster risk reduction and education and discussing how to mainstream disaster preparedness and risk reduction in formal education as well as in extra-curricular activities. 

The conference is organized within the framework of the project “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in South Caucasus” funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO).

The participants from the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, UNICEF and the European Commission analyzed the existing gaps and opportunities in disaster risk reduction in Georgia, particularly in education sector, and developed the specific recommendations for the way ahead. 

Within the framework of the project a special Technical Working Group has already been established to review the existing national education and disaster preparedness policy.

The project foresees the development of the relevant curriculum, teacher training and introduction of the curriculum in eight pilot schools in disaster prone regions of Georgia, including Tbilisi. The project also envisages development of the relevant policy and legislation to further strengthen education on disaster preparedness and carrying out information campaigns for children on safety practices and disaster risks.

About ECHO
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (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.

About Hyogo Framework for Action
The World Conference on Disaster Reduction was held from 18 to 22 January 2005 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, and adopted the Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. The Framework for Action calls countries to develop policy, legislative and institutional frameworks for disaster risk reduction.

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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