ActionAid Cambodia and partner CWDCC (Children and Women Development Center Cambodia) celebrated DRR School Days in five schools in Kampot Province between 21-25 November 2016.
The overall purpose of the DRR day celebration is to raise awareness amongst school children, teachers, students’ parents and the local community on hazards and risks they are facing and the need to address DRR and school safety.
The DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) Schools Days commences with a march by over 200 students and teachers to build awareness within the surrounding communities.
This is followed by opening speeches by representatives from local authorities including Provincial Department of Education, Youth and Sport and PCDM (Provincial Committee for Disaster Management) and the school administration who highlight the importance of DRR in schools. A drawing competition and interactive question and answer session is then held with the children to increase their knowledge and understanding of risks and potential actions to reduce them, and information on how to stay safe during disasters.
ActionAid Cambodia has been working on disaster risk reduction initiatives with schools, teachers, students and parents since early 2007. Boramey Hun, the Country Director of ActionAid Cambodia explains why working with children on DRR is so important:
‘ActionAid Cambodia believes that by actively engaging children at a young age on how to prepare for hazards such as floods and storms we can help them and their families getting ready and stay safe during emergencies in the future. Children learn themselves about Disaster Risk Reduction and then pass on these important messages to their families and communities.’
The DRR School Days is part of a project entitled ‘Building Resilient Communities in Cambodia III’ implemented through a Consortium of ActionAid Cambodia, DanChurchAid (DCA) and People In Need (PIN) and funded through ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations).