The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is appealing to donors for funding to expand its disaster risk reduction education program, an official said last month.
“We have been conducting education programs on reducing disaster risk in schools in Cyclone Nargis-affected townships since 2009. We are trying to expand it into the rest of the country,” said Mr Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO Myanmar’s program manager.
The expansion is dependent on UNESCO receiving approval from the Ministry of Education and funding from donors.
“Compared with the magnitude of need, assistance for education [programs] in Myanmar is not enough. More investment is needed,” Mr Alam said. “There are a lot of things to be done in Myanmar. We still need to work on educational planning, teaching metho-dology, teacher trainings, teaching environment, facilities and curriculum.”
Following Cyclone Nargis, UNESCO launched a US$1 million program in which more than 2000 secondary school teachers took part in disaster risk reduction training workshops. The teachers were also provided with training kits to help them teach disaster risk reduction in the classroom.