NEW YORK, USA, 8 August 2012 – To ‘build back better’ after emergencies, UNICEF works with governments and other partners to ensure that children are able to study in a safe environment which can withstand potential hazards. The Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme – also known as ‘Back on Track’ – has contributed to disaster risk reduction (DRR) by ensuring that children have access to quality education during and after disasters or emergencies, and by integrating knowledge on how to reduce risk and vulnerability into education programmes.
This document reports the findings of a UNICEF/UNESCO Mapping of Global DRR Integration into Education Curricula consultancy. The researchers were tasked with capturing key national experiences in the integration of disaster risk reduction in school curriculum, identifying good practice, noting issues addressed and issues lacking and reviewing learning outcomes. The thirty case studies cover all UNICEF regions and represent all levels of dev. They reflect the wealth and variety of national initiatives to integrate DRR in school curricula.
The report also extracts global conclusions from these experiences on: curriculum development/integration; pedagogy; student assessment; learning outcomes/competencies; policy development, planning and implementation aspects. A checklist of optimal DRR curriculum practice and recommendations for a subsequent consultancy to provide structured guidance on the issue for Governments close the report. This report, even before its publication, has already spun the interest of UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP and Government colleagues around the world.
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2011—Low-lying Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by climate change, and the people who live in the Chars – small islands created by floods or erosion in the vast Ganges delta—are the most vulnerable of all.
MANILA, Philippines, 5 December 2011 – “We cannot really change the world, but we can change ourselves for the world,” said Arnel Alipao, an 18-year-old youth advocate from Mainit, Surigao del Norte, in the Philippines.
NEW YORK, 25 August 2011 – Since 2006, UNICEF has teamed up with the Government of the Netherlands, the European Commission and other partners to scale up work in education in emergencies and post-crisis transition (EEPCT) countries through the Back on Track programme. This initiative supports countries in emergency and post-crisis transition contexts to establish sustainable progress towards achieving quality basic education for all.
@ UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0340/Adam Dean Left homeless by the cyclone, children gather outside a school that serves as a shelter near the town of Kundangon, Myanmar.
By Rudina Vojvoda
NEW YORK, 8 May 2011 – More than 175 million children are likely to be affected each year by climate-related disasters. While coping with climate change is becoming quintessential for our society, so is preparing the future generations to deal with the aftermath of disasters and adapt to the ever-changing climate.