"Children and young people are capable of much more than you would imagine. In case of an emergency, they can’t just sit around waiting for their teacher to tell them what to do. They have to know how to react appropriately," explains Amjad Madani Abbashar, head of the UN regional office for Arab States. "Often the people themselves have the best idea of what is needed to be safe, and therefore preventing disaster is also about listening to people and taking their voice seriously," he adds.
Al-Masry Al-Youm also reports that in Egypt, workshops are organized in schools to educate responsible students, who are, in turn, charged with educating the rest of the classroom on safety measures.
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