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In the Eastern Kazakhstan, a UNICEF workshop took place in the framework of the new initiative on disaster risk reduction

UST- KAMENOGORSK, KAZAKHSTAN, 10 September 2012 - From 3 to 7 September 2012 in Ust–Kamenogorsk a “OneMinutesJr” video workshop on disaster risk reduction took place for students of the pilot schools of Eastern Kazakhstan region. 16 school children, who got training on the UNICEF program on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the framework of the UNICEF project 2011, were taking part in it.

The aim of the workshop is creating and shooting one-minute video-films about disaster risk reduction project activities in Kazakhstan, advancement of children and youth participation in decision-making concerning their life, stimulating expression of the kids’ opinion on nature disasters in the locality in which they live, and about activities to mitigate those risks.

For the period of the five-day workshop which is carried out by the UNICEF international experts from Germany and Netherlands, the participants will consolidate and upgrade their knowledge and skills in the area of disaster risk reduction by way of communication, of experience exchange with their peers and making of their own video films.

“At the seminar we study from the masters of their arts how to make up and shoot our own one-minute video-films. I consider the theme of disaster risk reduction a cognitive one. I want to shoot a film about the case when in 2008 in the city of Semey where I live, because of the extreme heat there was a forest on fire, and that caused the fumigation all around the city, and the inhabitants were in the risk zone. I want to share my past fears and my current knowledge about the fact that fire plots should be strewn with sand and covered with the blankets, to urgently call up the firemen and doctors for giving the assistance who had gotten the scorches. I’ll show how the fire was stopped, and the people were evacuated by the mobile fire brigade to safe places”, - said Temerlan Bekmuhamedov, the student of the 10 А grade, school #11 of the city of Semey.

It is planned that the best videos will be shown at the various events at the country, regional and international levels, such as the 5th Asian Inter-ministry conference on disaster risk reduction which will take place in October in Jakarta, Indonesia, in October 2012, at the city of Almaty on the occasion of the celebration of the International day of disaster risk reduction, at the conference on DDR in Geneva in May of 2013. And more than that, with the purpose of the promotion of this initiative the video-films will be placed on the on-line UNICEF platforms and web-sites of its partners.

The DIPECHO VII project “Supporting disaster risk reduction amongst institutions and vulnerable communities in Kazakhstan” is funded by the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO). Besides the schools and kindergartens of Eastern Kazakhstan, it will be continued in the new pilot institutions of the city of Almaty, Almaty and South Kazakhstan regions which due to their natural and technogenic peculiarities are subject to the accidental disasters such as earthquakes, floods, mudflows, landslides, avalanches, extreme temperatures and fires.


One of the main directions of the project work is advancement of the potential of schools and kindergartens in providing the readiness to disasters, and also rising of schools’ sustainability to the potential risks. At the national level the main task is to integrate disaster risk reduction blocks into the corresponding school curriculum and inclusion of the DRR components into the national and local programs of development and budgets of the regions of Kazakhstan. UNICEF will continue cooperation with the Ministries of Education and Science and Emergency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNDP and Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan in this area.


“We are grateful to UNICEF for touching upon serious challenges of our region; I’m happy that our children were active participants of the workshop and shown our risks with their own eyes”, - told Zhanar Islyamova, representing Education Department of the Eastern Kazakhstan Akimat at the ceremony of the workshop’s closure, where 18 children’s videos have been presented. 

“We are proud to be a pilot school in DIPECHO disaster risk reduction project, we learnt many things during this week, such work is important for future generations; we plan to show these videos to all students of our and other schools and will continue teaching children on DRR», - noted Oralkhan Tleukhanov, director of the pilot school.

“Teaching children on preparedness and actions during disasters is one of the main tasks of the Emergency system, we increase the capacity every day, however, I have never seen that children can create such video films on their own; this method could be applied in our practice on strengthening the skills on DRR”, - expressed her view Marina Liskova, the Chief specialist of Ust-Kamenogorsk city Emergency Department.

The events carrying out by the UNICEF in Eastern Kazakhstan region are realized in the framework of the five-year UN Joint Program and the Plan of action of the Akimat of Eastern Kazakhstan and UNICEF for 2012.

About ECHO
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil protection Department funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to people in need, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

UNICEF is on the ground in 155 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 additional information please refer to:

Anna Stativkina
UNICEF Kazakhstan
Tel: 8-7172-322878 (ext.131, 123)



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