GIS – 22 December, 2017: An awareness campaign on Safety and Disaster Risk Reduction for Head of Schools working in the Primary Education sector was held this morning at the Mobile Wing, SMF, in Vacoas. It was organised against the backdrop that education is recognised as having a crosscutting role in disaster risk reduction and can significantly contribute in working towards a safer and disaster resilient-society.
The awareness campaign main objective is to sensitise primary schools’ senior management staff on disasters and the importance of preparedness so as to ensure that, in turn, all children are made aware of the related dangers surrounding them and how to remain safe in these circumstances. Around 250 Head of Schools from the four Education Zone of Mauritius were in attendance.
In his address, the Acting Chief Technical Officer, Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mr. K. Ng Wong Hing, emphasised the importance given by Heads of Schools in ensuring the safety of children under their care. Safety also concerns all citizens of the country and therefore everyone has the responsibility to understand the need of preparedness when faced with disasters, he pointed out.
The awareness campaign was organised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.
Presentations focused on the following: History of disaster management in Mauritius; Sendai Framework; Community preparedness; Vulnerability of Mauritius; School safety plans which include evacuation route, safe haven, school disaster management committee, crisis mode, and drills.
Resource persons were from the NDRRMC, the Mauritius Fire Rescue Service, Groupe d'intervention de la police mauricienne amongst others. A group of secondary school students also shared their knowledge acquired following their participation at the World Tsunami High School Summit 2017, held in Japan.
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