Disaster Prevention Education and Awareness
Project Location: Lalitpur, Nepal
On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal followed by several strong aftershocks. Then on May 12, another strong series of earthquakes shook the region.
Since the earthquake:
- More than 8.1 million people have been affected, including more than 1.7 million children
- Over 8,000 people have died, more than 479,300 homes have been destroyed and 950,000+ children in Nepal will not be able to return to school without urgent assessments of school buildings and the provision of temporary learning spaces.
- Heavy rains have caused significant flooding in the Chautara area, affecting people living in overcrowded camps and temporary shelters, and impeding road access to remote communities.
- The arrival of monsoon season further escalates the need to get resources to remote communities and clear the 27 million cubic meters of debris in a timely manner.
Since Nepal continues to be vulnerable to disasters, the integration of disaster risk reduction and response into the education system is paramount for the future.
In order to address education needs in Nepal, CITYNET Yokohama Project Office is seeking to implement a project for training school teachers in disaster education.
- Project Framework
The project will focus its activities on disaster prevention and risk reduction topics. The target beneficiaries will be the school teachers/ staff as well as students in Nepal in cases where school activities are possible. As the level of consciousness on disasters is very high currently after the April 25th earthquake, the activities introduced will provide an excellent opportunity to share and learn from Japanese experiences.
The project will incorporate activities undertaken by CITYNET Yokohama Project Office in the Philippines on disaster education through a JICA funded project.
The training is intended to build the capacity of school teachers and staff on providing practical disaster prevention techniques as well as raising awareness on dealing with post-disaster activities.
The objective is to share lessons learnt in Japan through major earthquakes and develop local solutions for Nepal through education and awareness.
The project will focus on applicable and easily practiced solutions for preventing serious damages and injuries to people as well as properties. Lessons shared from Hanshin Awaji Earthquake and Great East Japan Earthquake will benefit not only the targeted participants but also indirectly reach out to a much wider audience. The project will be assisted by a professional disaster prevention organization in Japan.