Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School: Basic Education Kit
|Start:||5 October 2007|
|End:||1 November 2008|
The Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) together with the provincial Department of Education, who is the implementing agent, will be launching the Basic Education Kit in four pilot schools (i.e. Masiphumelele, Kayamandi, Phola Park and Khayelitsha primary schools) to improve school safety by encouraging the application of resilient behaviour that can withstand any kind of natural hazard. The North West University, more specifically the Centre for Public Sector Management has initially developed this Kit to be implemented in the Tshwane municipal area, which consists of the following:
The Kit will be used as resource material linked to the current school curriculum for social science, emergency medical services and life orientation sessions.
This project is funded by the Development Fund of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
Five task team meetings (i.e. 16 and 29 November 2007, 18 January, 27 March and 24 July 2008) were held with all relevant stakeholders [i.e. Provincial Disaster Management Centre, Department of Education, City of Cape Town (DRMC), Stellenbosch Municipality and the South African Weather Service] since November 2007. After the compilation of a project plan and role clarification document the committee decided to embark on a capacity building workshop for educators. This workshop took place on Saturday, 16 February 2008, at the PDMC and were attended by both the task team members, as well as the educators for grades five, six and seven in the following identified primary schools:
The launch took place on Monday, 19 May 2008, at the Masiphumelele Primary School in Khayelitsha and were attended by the MEC of Local Government and Housing, the Mayco member of Safety and Security for the City of Cape Town, the Head of the Provincial Disaster Management Centre, representatives from the PDMC, Department of Education, City of Cape Town (DRMC), Stellenbosch Municipality and the South African Weather Service, the task team members, the educators for grades five, six and seven in the identified primary schools, as well as learners. Activities included a puppet show and rap song, as well as school items delivered by the learners.
It is envisaged that approximately 2 069 learners and 53 educators will be involved in this initiative.
Disaster Management is everybody's business and it will require everybody's efforts to effectively deal with disasters and more importantly, to also be proactively, in preventing them from occurring. With all departments and municipalities supporting the ISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) initiatives, this will contribute towards "Making the Western Cape a safe home and resilient community for all".
Provincial Disaster Management Centre: Western Cape