EDURISK – Evolving Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience through the Involvement of School Kids
Natural disasters can have an enormous impact on children. Knowledge, understanding and awareness regarding disaster risk can effectively reduce their vulnerability to disasters. Participation of children for disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities is important as once they become parents, the knowledge and understanding obtained today will be transferred to their own children in keeping continuity of the disaster management knowledge transfer from one generation to another (UN/ISDR, 2012). Knowledge transferring from children to individual households on DRR can be used to educate the society as a whole. Engagement of children for DRR activities therefore will not only improve the effectiveness of them but also will be sustainable for years to come (UN/ISRD, 2012).
Methods that seek to educate children have to be carefully planned, in order to communicate and disseminate knowledge on DRR effectively. Initiatives such as games, debates, and workshops that involve the active participation of children and community members are increasingly becoming popular as opposed to traditional classroom lectures and seminars.
The proposed project EDURISK seeks to develop a board game or other interactive method to improve the awareness of school children in Sri Lanka regarding disaster risk reduction practices that can be used to avoid and mitigate the impact from the disaster(s).
Following tasks will be carried out for the project:
- Identify the most suitable disaster(s) that needs to be addressed in Sri Lanka
- Investigate the existing DRR strategies for the identified disaster
- Explore the existing interactive methods available for disseminating knowledge on disaster risk in Sri Lanka*Investigate the criteria that have to be considered in developing an interactive board game within the context of Sri Lanka
- Develop a board game or other interactive method by considering the DRR strategies and key requirements
- Dr Udayangani Kulatunga (U.Kulatunga@salford.ac.uk )
- Tariq Hisham (H.Tariq@edu.salford.ac.uk )