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Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

Sending Out the Voices of Children in Tohoku at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction! The third workshop on “Our Message on Global Disaster Risk Reduction” (2014.12.26)

A total of 41 children from 5th graders to high school sophomores participated in the third workshop entitled “Our Message on Global Disaster Risk Reduction.” This was the preparatory meeting for       UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held on the 20th and 21st of December, 2014. In this report, you will learn how children of different age groups and from a variety of places got together to discuss disaster risk reduction on a global scale based upon their own experiences.

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■May the voices of children in Tohoku who experienced 3.11 be reflected in the global disaster risk reduction effort!■

The participants varied in age and came from different areas in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. Most of them had never met any of the participants before, so the workshop started with a self-introduction game as an icebreaker. An activity report was then provided by Save the Children and the Children’s Community Building Clubs, followed by brief reports on the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction held in July 2012, the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in October 2013, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in May 2013, and the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in June 2014.

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Before the discussion, the participants went over the international trends on disaster risk reduction efforts towards the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, where the international action plan on disaster risk reduction will be developed. They also learned about child rights. After these activities, everyone was convinced that they had the ability to change anything!

The children were divided into three age groups (elementary school students, junior high school students, and high school students), and within their groups they shared their experiences about how the disaster had or continues to inconvenience them. Then they sorted the topics raised into categories based on the “Children’s Charter for Disaster Risk Reduction,” developed in 2011. They came up with eight themes: school; places for children to play or stay; mental health care; the effects of radiation; children’s opinions; dissemination of information and the digital divide; how shelters and recovery should be; and how the disaster will not be forgottenfading memories of the disaster . Each member then picked a theme and discussed with the group what they expected from adults to minimize the effects of earthquakes and tsunami on children.”

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■To improve the global disaster risk reduction effort – “I can change anything!”■

On the second day, they exchanged opinions on “What would I do to improve the world disaster risk reduction effort if I were a Prime Minister?” based on their discussions from the first day. After these discussions, they presented their opinions as if they were a Prime Minister, and shared their unique ideas based upon their own experiences.

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Then they created a movie, with the members holding message boards stating, “What I would do to improve world disaster risk reduction if I were a Prime Minister,” to transmit their feelings and opinions. They carefully picked the words that described what they wanted most to convey from their experiences, to create a strong message to policy makers and those who are involved in disaster risk reduction.

At the very end of the workshop, they elected their representatives for the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. After each candidate made a speech to convey their passions, the rest of the members voted to select three representatives (one representative from each prefecture). Next March, the elected representatives will be attending the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to deliver the voices of children in Tohoku!

 

■“Nothing is going to change if we don’t speak up.” Children in Tohoku “Speak Out”■

The children who participated in the workshop provided the following feedback:

“It made me realize how I was really feeling about the disaster for the first time.” (6th grader, female, Iwate Prefecture)

“I am glad to discover that I wasn’t alone and could share my concerns with those who live outside of my prefecture.” (9th grader, female, Iwate Prefecture)

“Hearing the opinions of younger children and learning what they are still missing made me realize that it’s important to pay attention to different viewpoints. (High school junior, female, Fukushima Prefecture)

“The more we talked, the more curious I became to learn about other people’s ideas. I learned that everybody loves their community.” (High school junior, male, Iwate Prefecture)

“Although each one of us may have gone through different experiences due to the tsunami or nuclear power plant accidents, our goal is the same!” (High school junior, female, Miyagi Prefecture)

It seems that some got to face their real feelings while others learned a variety of points of view, and realized that they all share the same passion.

We will post the video from the workshop shortly, and you can see how the representatives built a rapport among themselves, spoke out for better global disaster risk reduction, reflected on themselves for the betterment of their communities, and discussed enthusiastically!

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This year marks 25 years since the adoption of the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” and 20 years since its ratification by Japan. Throughout the year, children in Tohoku continued to speak out through their activities in the Children’s Community Building Clubs, “Hear Our Voice,” and the Tohoku Children’s Community Building Summit. We appreciate your support!

Save the Children will continue supporting children to speak up for, and participate in, the recovery of their communities in 2015. Your continuous support and cooperation will be highly appreciated!