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Peer Education in Disaster Risk Reduction

Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse countries in Asia.  Becoming a republic in 2006, the country has made considerable progress over the last few years towards reducing poverty; however, it is still one of the poorest countries in the region.

Adding to challenges of the country is the regularity of natural calamities that hit the country.  Flash floods and landslides are common; unfortunately, a one third of those affected are children.  In addition, children are neither prepared nor involved in immediate disaster response, and post-event rehabilitation.

Three programs were launched in the country do help alleviate the situation.

ROTA worked in close cooperation with its partner, Mercy Corps, to incorporate disaster risk resilient features in schools, raise disaster preparedness awareness amongst children, and implement school-based disaster risk reduction activities.

At least 11,000 students have been trained through sessions focusing on relevant issues including identification of hazards, soil conservation, preparation of disaster preparedness plans, and mitigation intervention. There were also school simulations and street drama performances activities.

Key players were the Young Rescuer Clubs, which was formed under the project in the targeted schools.  All the member clubs received training in disaster preparedness planning, leadership, first aid and search and rescue. Together with their teachers, Young Rescuer Clubs played an essential role in developing school disaster preparedness plans and disaster preparedness interventions. The clubs, lead by a teacher, will be responsible for training of peers, developing evacuation plans, art competitions, and organizing simulations in their schools in the time after the project is completed to ensure sustainability of the program.

The main beneficiaries of the pilot project are the local populations of 16 rural communities in the eight Village Development Committees (VDCs) in Kailali District. These marginalized groups have low literacy rates, own very little property, and have access to only a few income sources.  During the monsoon season, these communities can often be completely out of reach, significantly reducing access to schools and other vital facilities. 

 

Project Facts           

 

Implementing Period:  15 June 2009-15 September 2010

 

Project Partner:                 Mercy Corps

 

Objective:

  • Disaster preparedness and response knowledge and capacity of students and teachers in 8 schools enhanced  Address the food needs of youth of training during Ramadan

 

Expected Beneficiaries:

Direct Beneficiaries: 11,000 student and 40 teachers trained in disaster preparedness and risk reduction; 6,000 family members receive food from payment to trainees
 

Indirect Beneficiaries: 55,200 community members benefit from the Disaster Risk Reduction plan of the area and will be aware of Disaster Risk reduction measures

 

ROTA worked  in close cooperation with its partner, Mercy Corps, to incorporate disaster risk resilient features in schools, raise disaster preparedness awareness among children as well as school-based disaster risk reduction activities prevention and mitigation measures. At least 11,000 students have been trained through sessions focusing on issues such as: identification of hazards; soil conservation; preparation of disaster preparedness plans; and, mitigation intervention. There were also school simulations and street drama performances activities. Key players were the Young Rescuer Clubs, which was formed under the project at the targeted schools.  All the member clubs received training in Disaster Preparedness planning, leadership, first aid and search and rescue.

 

Together with their teachers, Young Rescuer Clubs played an essential role in developing school disaster preparedness plans and disaster preparedness interventions. The clubs, lead by a teacher, will be responsible for training of peers, developing evacuation plans, art competitions and organizing simulations in their schools in the years after the project finishes to ensure sustainable  impact of ROTAs intervention.

 

Due to the increasing importance of the need for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the positive impact of DRR in previous projects, ROTA has teamed up with its partners to up scale the program from 61 VCDs in Phase I to the entire Kailali District in this current project.

 

ROTA is partnering with 2 international partners and 2 local partners to implement this 3 year project in all the vulnerable schools in Khailali district. The overall goal of the project is to make schools in high risk areas safer and to improve quality of education, making them act as locus for broader education policy advocacy, mainly school based DRR.