Reducing the risk of disasters in Vanuatu

Save the Children teaches children and their communities how to reduce the risk of disasters in Vanuatu.

Save the Children works with schools and policy makers to help educate and prepare children for disasters. Schools are a natural space for children to take the lead in activities to reduce the risk of disasters, and also to recover from emergencies.

Our program aims to develop and strengthen Vanuatu's School Disaster Management (SDM) framework at national, provincial and local levels.

Why reducing the risk of disasters is important

Three-quarters of Vanuatu's population are vulnerable to two or more environmental hazards. Of this population, children are the most vulnerable group in natural disasters because of their age and dependency on others. Emergencies increase the risk of children being separated from their families, and becoming psychologically distressed and being physically harmed.

Our Disaster Risk Reduction program

Save the Children works with Vanuatu's education sector at national, provincial and local school levels to help reduce the risk of disasters.  We work to create safe facilities, improve school disaster management and educate children about reducing risks.

The program focuses on mentoring 'champions' within the education sector. We work with key people, within the Ministry of Education and schools, to share knowledge and help protect other provinces.

We aim to reach 22,000 children, teachers and officials in 339 primary and secondary schools in Vanuatu over 15 months. The program focuses on reducing the use of schools as temporary shelters and increasing the use of simulation drills to help children prepare for emergencies.

How we know we're making a difference

In 2013, we trained 49 teachers to use a new climate change teacher's guidebook and, as a result, new resilience measures have been implemented in 16 schools. Feedback from community and school participants indicates a significant increase in knowledge and awareness of climate change and measures they can take to adapt to changing weather patterns.

Who makes this program possible

This program is funded by the European Commission Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and we work in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to reduce the risk and impact of disasters on children and families in Vanuatu.

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