26.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Schools in Guayaquil, Jipijapa and Manta win the sub-regional contest “More education, less risk” in Ecuador

Esmeraldas, Ecuador Photo: DIPECHO Project, UNESCO

Ecuador has the winners of the sub-regional contest “More education, less risk”. Prizes will go to the education communities of Guayaquil, Jipijapa, and Manta, which will each receive a contribution from UNESCO of up to US$ 1,800 in order for the winning initiatives to be put into practice in schools.

These awards are the result of an open contest for students and teachers run by UNESCO, opening an invitation to present educational projects during June and July 2014. The competition seeks to encourage participation by secondary school students in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in processes to reduce risks associated with different natural and anthropogenic threats, enhancing the education community’s potential to promote processes of development and participation.

The “More education, less risk” initiative complements other programs conducted by education ministries, UN agencies, NGOs, and national and local institutions as part of the “One million safe schools and hospitals” campaign of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). These organizations work to encourage a person, a family, a community, an organization, a government, or any other body to form an agreement with a school or hospital to make it safer in the event of a disaster. The contest also forms part of the project Reducing Disaster Risk through Education and Science in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (2013-2014)

The following projects won the awards in Ecuador:

“Zero tolerance of violence”
José Domingo de Santistevan Educational Unit, City of Guayaquil, Province of Guayas.
Purpose: Preventing the occurrence of school and family violence amongst students at José Domingo de Santistevan Educational Unit.  
Duration: two months
The project is based on using technology through:

  • The school’s student-run online radio station, as the campaign’s outreach channel.
  • Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • Art, through the creation of posters with informative messages in caricature style (anime and comics), drawn by students.
  • Puppetry and mime art on the topic, for pre-schoolers.
  • Messages for middle and high school students, as well as activities that involve families such as invitations to campaign events, leaflets, and the creation of an anonymous wall of feelings where students can express the situation of aggression that they are going through.

“Enhancing response capacity to natural, socio-natural, and anthropogenic threats to the families of Ciudadela Renato Burgos, Jipijapa Canton, Province of Manabí".
República del Ecuador Educational Unit, Jipijapa, Province of Manabí.
Purpose: Optimising the community’s response capacity in the field of emergencies and possible disasters arising from socio-natural phenomena, by preparing family and community emergency and contingency plans, by providing training to pupils at the school.

Duration: two months

The project sets out to raise awareness of risk management in the education community and to provide tools to local residents to help them face any emergency situation - that is, being able to know what to do in the event of an emergency in order to save lives and protect property, detecting the threat in time.  

Principal activities: Preparation of informative materials; home visits; training and preparation of community and family plans for emergencies, simulations and drills, assessment and feedback.

"Implementation of a communication system based on a help box to eradicate abuse of children and young people at Juan Montalvo educational unit in the City of Manta".
"Juan Montalvo" Educational Unit attached to ULEAM, Manta, Province of Manabí.
Purpose: Reducing levels of abuse of pupils at the institution by implementing a help box.
Duration: two months.
The proposal calls for the implementation of a child abuse early warning system by providing a help box where students will be listened to, by drawing together their statements and experiences, promoting collaborative work throughout the education community.

Principal activities: Pre-implementation study; social implantation; information dissemination; talks on how to use the help box; preparation of teaching materials such as leaflets, posters, flyers, signs; training for young people with workshops, contract with a training professional in the field of psychology; online campaigns on social networks; “The Art of Peace” painting contest; child abuse prevention marches; and advisory services for the parents of the young people involved.
“Awareness building to promote the importance of risk reduction at education centres”.
Manuel Inocencio Parrales y Guale state educational unit, Jipijapa, Manabí
The project will provide training for members of the education community in prevention, action, and attitudes to face a possible disaster, arising through natural phenomena or any other cause.

Principal activities: a work team will be formed to design publicity spaces for the communications media on risk reduction; preventive publicity campaigns will be run to prepare for natural or anthropogenic events. A website on how to mitigate a possible emergency will also be created. The campaign will be promoted in education centres through risk reduction courses to prepare for any event. Signs will be installed at vulnerable places in education centres, and a strategic plan for early warning will be designed and implemented. At the close of the project, the campaigns’ results will be evaluated.

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