24.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Towards A Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience. Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into School Curricula

©UNESCO/D. Chhetri -A school in Rasuwa district of Eastern Nepal

As climate changes effects are more and more frequent and visible, the need to educate young people about the risks of natural disasters increases. In order to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Nepal’s school curricula, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu jointly with the Nepal National Commission for UNESCO and the Curriculum Development Centre of the Ministry of Education, are organizing a national workshop on ‘Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into the School Curriculum’ in Kathmandu on Sunday, 26 May 2013.

The workshop is based on UNESCO guidelines entitled “Towards the Learning culture of safety and resilience. A Technical Guidance for Integrating DRR in the School Curriculum”, which  has been piloted in several countries including Nepal.

The event aims at presenting the guidelines and providing suggestions for their adaptation  to the specific Nepali context. Participants of the workshop will also present a draft review report of school and teacher training curriculum by using “Technical Guidance for Integrating DRR in the School Curriculum” for its further improvement.

The workshop will bring all together around 45 participants, including curriculum developers, teacher trainers and teachers, education policy makers and programme implementers including representatives from UN agencies and INGOs.  In addition to presenting the technical guidelines, the participants will also discuss the activities of the Education Cluster, a group of representatives of national institutions and development partners addressing the role of education in humanitarian crises, and the national framework for Education for Sustainable Development.

The recommendations of the workshop will be used for the further improvement of the technical guidelines and draft review report.

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