Disaster Reduction Goal
UNICEF in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (MES) and the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (EMD) is implementing "Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions" project funded by the Disaster Preparedness Program of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DIPECHO).
The project aims to contribute to increased resilience and reduced vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards.
The key result areas of the project are the following:
a) By end 2013, national and local authorities and other DRR stakeholders achieve common understanding of DRR, and support DRR investments in education policies and programming.
b) By end 2013, the capacity of national and local authorities and other DRR stakeholders, school administrations, teachers, and youth to implement DRR in education activities has increased.
c) By end 2013, selected schools undertake disaster preparedness and risk reduction effectively.
During the first DIPECHO phase implemented in 2010-2011, UNICEF supported MES in integrating child-focused disaster risk reduction educationn in the national curriculum. As a result, children in grades V-IX now learn once per week with interactive methods about environmental protection, climate change and disaster risk reduction, including how to behave before, during and after a disaster.