Disaster Risk Management Education

Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region, where potentially destructive natural and socio-natural hazards occur. Earthquakes, storms, tsunamis, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions, among other disasters, create high levels of risk. This is amplified by vulnerable conditions and lack of spaces for social participation in development processes.

The integration of disaster risk management in the education sector is crucial in order to increase awareness of the effects and causes of disasters. Schools that take action to manage risks contribute to a culture of prevention, which is essential in the sustainable development process of countries. Indeed, it reduces disaster risks and strengthens the capacities of the most vulnerable communities to respond to emergencies.

When a disaster occurs, education restores everyday life and gives people hope for the future, in addition to helping satisfy basic humanitarian needs and transmit essential messages that promote security and well-being. OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, together with other offices in the region and cooperation agencies, works with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to support awareness-raising, mobilization and commitment processes.

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