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Turkmenistan education and civil defense specialists continue the dialogue in disaster risk reduction in education

ASHGABAT, 1 November 2012 - The “Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” (DRR) initiative, coordinated by UNICEF in partnership with Turkmenistan's Ministry of Education and Ministry of Defense, and supported by the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection - ECHO (DIPECHO 7), carried out another important event - training of trainers - for representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defense as well as administrators and teachers of pilot schools of Akhal, Balkan, and Lebap velayats where the project is implemented. 

The three day training aimed at educating and preparing future trainers to teach disaster risk reduction for schoolchildren, assessing risks and threats both at school and velayat levels, and discussing solutions to ensure structural and non-structural safety of schools. The development of a plan of actions on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in education, and discussion of strengthened work of emergency preparedness commissions, specifically in pilot schools, were high on the training's agenda. 

After carrying out a risk assessment exercise, the future trainers highlighted an importance of systemic and continuous education of teachers and schoolchildren on disaster risk reduction which will significantly reduce children's vulnerability in emergency situations, increase their chances of survival and mitigate the consequences of any calamities posing risks to their life.  

Training participants familiarized themselves with interactive methods of teaching which will help them further to facilitate quality and easily understandable delivery of disaster risk reduction concepts and modules. They also discussed agenda of planned seminars for pilot school teachers and civil defense specialists. 

For more information please contact:

Mr. Jepbar Byashimov
UNICEF Programme Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/85/86
Fax: +99312 425779





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