BISHKEK, 13 October 2016 – The Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF present online course on safety for school children on the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, celebrated globally on 13 October.
The mobile application “Young lifeguard” was developed for primary school children. It includes critically important information about safe behaviour in emergencies in the form of an interactive game to make learning useful and fun. The game can be downloaded here.
The online course www.koopsuzduk.kg explains safe behaviours in different emergency situations to protect life and health of children in case of disasters and accidents. UNICEF has developed this learning course in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Emergency Situations with support of the Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO).
The course offers a detailed theoretical information about various types of natural disasters, safety on water, road and at home, personal hygiene and health practices, as well as what children should do in case of fire. After reviewing the materials, children are encouraged to test their understanding of safe behaviour in emergencies. Upon successful completion of the test, a student will receive an e-certificate.
In addition, the mobile application “Young lifeguard” was developed for primary school children. It includes critically important information about safe behaviour in emergencies in the form of an interactive game to make learning useful and fun. The game can be downloaded here.
In 2011-14 UNICEF supported the schools and pre-schools safety assessment. More than 3,028 facilities comprised of more than 5 thousand buildings were assessed in terms of structural safety, vulnerability to disasters and preparedness to emergencies. The results demonstrated that 85% of education facilities exhibit low structural safety level and are exposed to potential disasters. Thus, more than 1 million children are prone to potential disaster risks.
Based on the results and analysis, the Programme of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic “Safe schools and pre-schools in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2015-2024” was developed, approved and adopted by the decree of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic No. 551 on July 31, 2015. The programme has already started its implementation.
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