GIS - 07 October, 2014: The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, is holding two half-day workshops on 8 October 2014 to discuss the need for institutional continuity planning for a targeted approach to education that informs people of risks faced as well as empowering them with the knowledge of what to do to protect themselves and their families in the event of a disaster. The workshops are organised in the context of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrated on 13 October each year.
An international expert in Disaster Risk Management, Mr Paul Hayden will be the resource person for the two workshops. These workshops are part of an overall project which aims at making Mauritius more resilient to disasters through an informed population that is committed to a culture of prevention and mitigation of disaster risks, aware of risks faced, able to propose actions to be taken in the event of a disaster, and able to avoid the creation of future risk.
The first breakfast session is meant for senior staff of ministries and will focus on continuity and resilience arrangements within Government departments, so as to minimise the effects of disaster impacts upon government institutions and services.
The afternoon session will bring together key actors and stakeholders in the education sector to discuss how best to achieve targeted education programmes through primary, secondary and tertiary education that informs children of appropriate actions in the event of a disaster and encourages the creation of resilience among the population through appropriately tailored and gender differentiated programmes using innovative designs, delivery and materials.
The UN Resident Representative for Mauritius and the Seychelles, Mr Simon Springett, will open the workshops.
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