2.2 Schools


(1) School children

     Number of samples: 1,112



Q. Have you ever studied about natural disasters such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis before?



Comment: Full-fledged disaster education in schools is not introduced.



Q. Would you like to study about natural disasters such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis in the future?



Comment: The above result indicates that children are now highly concerned with natural disasters. It is revealed that children to study on natural disaster aroused with the experiences of Tsunami.



Q. Do you know the cause of a Tsunami?



Comment: A considerable number of children do not understand what causes a tsunami, even shortly after the occurrence. This illustrates that disaster education is important.


Q. What do you do in an event of a sudden big sea drop?



Comment: Nearly all the children know what to do when the sea level drops.



Q. Have you studied how to escape from a natural disaster either at school or home?



Comment: The above result shows that disaster education in schools is insufficient, which underlines a urgent need for formal introduction of a curriculum including subjects for learning about disaster reduction.



Q. Do you discuss what you have learnt in the school with your family at home?



Comment: It is expected that disaster education in schools will educate adults as well in an indirect way.




(2) Class teachers

     Number of samples: 36



Q. Do you have subjects for learning about natural disasters in the curriculum? If yes, do you think that they are effective for disaster reduction (or to reduce human losses)?



Comment: Only a quarter answered that they had a subject for learning about natural disasters which is functioning effectively.



Q. Do you think which educational material is most effective for disaster education?



Comment: A large number of teachers find audio-visual means(videos) do much better in educating children.