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27August, 10September 2020 (Online)

ADRC and the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam held online seminars on the "Promotion of Disaster Education in Schools" project on 27 August and 10 September. As a Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund Project, this project aims to promote disaster education in ASEAN countries by training school teachers. The project was to be implemented in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei Darussalam, but ADRC and the Ministry of Education, Brunei decided to hold the seminar online due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.
The two-day seminar was attended by more than 60 junior high school teachers from all six school districts as well as officials from the Ministry of Education. 
Mr. Masaaki Nakagawa, Executive Director of ADRC, kicked off the seminar by summarizing its goals: to introduce participants to disaster education in Japan and provide useful teaching skills for effective disaster education in Brunei, all for the purpose of building disaster resilient communities.
Mr. Suwa, Specially Appointed Professor of Graduate School of Disaster Resilience and Governance at the University of Hyogo then proceeded to give a lecture on Disaster Management and Disaster Education. In his lecture, he discussed the curriculum for disaster education at junior high schools in Japan. For example, when studying science, students study the weather, rainfall, geological changes, and the mechanisms by which earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In social studies, they learn about lifelines and disasters, disaster-related organizations, and past disasters in the community. After the lecture, participants attended an online group workshop on evacuations. Feedback from the teachers indicated strong interest Japanese disaster education and a desire to learn more in the future.      (2020/9/10 09:50)


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September 2, 2020 (Japan)

There are many kinds of programs for DRR in Asian countries. Disaster education is a good way to ensure that people are studying basic DRR information and countermeasures against future disasters. Many organizations have been conducting disaster education projects in Banda Aceh, Indonesia which was so tragically impacted by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Today we would like to introduce Multilateral International Students (MIS), an NPO which was established by students of Tokyo University in 2011. MIS currently has more than 140 students and conducts many programs in Asian countries addressing poverty, the environment, support for agriculture, and DRR. MIS consists of several teams that focus on different themes. One of these teams, Japan Indonesia Students Interaction (JISI), started a disaster education program in Banda Aceh in 2014. JISI collaborates with a local university to conduct training workshops and evacuation drills for students and teachers. However, these programs have been paused this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, JISI is collecting information on good practices in Japan. ADRC and JISI had an online meeting for sharing experiences and knowledge to improve disaster education on 2 September 2020. In this meeting, we confirmed our mutual interest in conducting a localized program based on the opinions of residents and coordinating evacuation drills for students, teachers, and the community. ADRC would like to collaborate with JISI on implementing an appropriate disaster education program in Indonesia.



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