28 September 2012. Disasters and disaster risks are on the rise, with over 250 million people a year affected in the last decade. Lessening the impact of such disasters can be achieved via education policies and programs in support of disaster preparedness. In order to help Governments and relevant actors promote DRR education, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a report on Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries.
Affirming that education can be instrumental in building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to prepare for and cope with disasters, as well as in helping learners and the community to return to a normal life, the report provides systematic knowledge on what is already being done in this area and a better understanding on whether the measures taken are successful. In particular, the report maps 30 countries that have included elements of DRR into their education system and curricula.
The report captures national experiences whilst noting key challenges in countries where DRR is less prioritized or where specific teacher training does not exist. It also identifies good practices, stressing issues addressed or still lacking, and offers a review of learning outcomes. Furthermore, it addresses the development of DRR-related curricula at the institutional level, but also brings individuals into focus by evaluating pedagogy and student assessment, as well as professional development and guidance for teachers. A checklist of optimal DRR curriculum practice concludes the report.
To access the publication: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002170/217036e.pdf.