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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2867

Educating children on disaster risk mitigation vital

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 May, ( After the tsunami devastation in December 26, 2004 the need has arisen to educate the younger generation on natural and manmade disasters and also risk management methodologies from an early age in Sri Lanka.

As a result, it was decided to activate the disaster awareness and risk management methodologies in the school curriculum through teacher training and project implementation at school level during seminar organized by the Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education (NIE), GTZ ESC.

The seminar held recently at NIE Auditorium attracted graduate teachers, representatives from Zonal Education offices, NIE, GTZ, UNDP and the officials from Reconstruction & Development Agency (RADA). UNDP representative delivered a comprehensive lecture on Indian Experience with regard to School Disaster Management Projects.

GTZ lecturers conducted workshop and guided the participants to form into eight groups in order to identify the relevant risks in different areas and to formulate strategies to overcome those. The participants were requested to conduct one project in their schools as per the agreed guidelines at the workshop. 30 schools from all the zones have been identified to conduct these Pilot Projects.

A manual for teachers and guidelines for the students on Project Work and Disaster Risk Management for Schools will be finalized at the writing workshop which is to be held in August 2006.

- Asian Tribune -

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