HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund is going to pilot a guidance tool for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the school curriculum in four different countries, including Nepal, as part of promoting a learning culture of safety and resilience.
The other three countries are Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. According to the UNESCO Bangkok, the four countries had shown interest in the curriculum following their participation in the ‘Education in Emergencies for Sustainable Development Phase I’ project. The project was a UNESCO Bangkok initiative supported by Japanese Funds-in-Trust.
UNESCO Bangkok said in the last 30 years disasters have become frequent and the magnitude of damage is greater in poorer countries, particularly Asia and the Pacific. Countries in Asia and the Pacific are not immune to natural hazards and the impact on communities is a direct result of vulnerability related to a wide range of factors, including complex development challenges, along with the lack of preparedness, higher rate of urbanisation, poverty and disability.
Similarly, disasters are creating humanitarian and development challenges that can be addressed through DRR in education.