寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

The development of new disaster preparedness education materials for children is almost complete! (January 23, 2014)

Save the Children Japan (SCJ) and Plus Arts, a Japanese NPO who has developed DRR training programs and materials for children and adults in Japan, have almost completed the development of new disaster preparedness education materials based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake. SCJ has been implementing disaster preparedness training with Plus Arts for children and staff at gakudo (after-school programs) in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures since June, 2012. In the training, we used materials that Plus Arts have developed based on the lessons learned from the Kobe Earthquake of 1995. Through these training activities we have heard so many stories of the Great East Japan Earthquake directly from children and adults, and have learned that it was very different from the Kobe earthquake. Therefore, we started to create new disaster preparedness education material. We conducted interviews with local people in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures to correct information about survival and useful skills and knowledge of before, during and after the disaster, and put this new information into the materials to teach children.

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We are now testing the new materials in the field!

We have been testing the new materials at elementary, middle schools and gakudo in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, and are also testing them at Plus Arts organized DRR events in central and southern parts of Japan. We have received many comments from children and adults who have used the materials and we are now improving them for completion!

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Children are learning about the distribution of supplies at evacuation centers by using this test material

 

A disaster preparedness class was held at Yamoto Daini Middle School in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture on January 16, 2014. The 419 students learned about disaster preparedness by using our test materials. SCJ and Plus Arts visited the school a month before the class to introduce our educational materials to teachers. The teachers were able to start planning the disaster preparedness class that very day! Please read a local newspaper article (in Japanese) featuring this event.

 

The disaster preparedness education materials will be completed by the end of March, and we will introduce them to you on our website!