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

It’s Started! Revision and Development of Disaster Prevention Education Materials with Plus Arts (April 9, 2013)

Save the Children Japan together with the NPO Plus Arts have held training sessions for the children and instructors of after-school care programs (Gakudo) and child centers in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures from June 2012. In addition, we are currently creating new disaster prevention education materials by taking advantage of our experiences from last year.

 
■ We have incorporated the voices of children who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake into our disaster prevention education materials! ■

“Namazu School” is one of the disaster prevention education materials used in the disaster preparedness training sessions we held last year. This is a game in which children are asked about the various challenges that occur in the event of a disaster in picture-show style. The children then answer these questions by using the items cards they have. These materials were developed by Plus Arts ten years after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and were based on interviews with local residents who had experienced that disaster.

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The children at a child center play “Namazu School”

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Disaster preparedness training for instructors

While we played “Namazu School” with the children and instructors of Gakudos and child centers in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, the children who had experienced not only the earthquake but also the tsunami came out with various ideas. There were those saying, “Why don’t we increase knowledge on disaster prevention to include tsunamis for children outside of the affected areas by incorporating content about the Great East Japan Earthquake?”

Accordingly, Save the Children Japan and Plus Arts took on the task of revising and developing their disaster prevention education materials to include content on tsunamis. At present, we are listening to the experiences of the people of Iwate and Miyagi prefectures from the time of the earthquake, as well as their stories of living in evacuation shelters. We are planning to complete these updated disaster prevention education materials sometime this year.

We will continue to report on our progress. We ask for your support in order to distribute these disaster prevention education materials that contain the point of view of children so that Tohoku can encourage disaster prevention in Japan and around the world.

Details about the current training sessions using the disaster prevention education materials can be found here.

(Reported by Akasaka, Sendai Office)