Towards A Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience: Technical Guidance for Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction in the School Curriculum

This groundbreaking document, the outcome of a UNESCO/UNICEF consultancy to develop technical guidance for ministries of education, other educational jurisdictions, international and national non-governmental organizations and those in multiplier positions within education, offers in-depth guidance on integrating disaster risk reduction in school curricula. It first offers a rationale for disaster risk reduction education (DRRE) explaining the benefits of introducing disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the curriculum within an Education for Sustainable Development frame and, more broadly, within a quality education framework that also includes climate change education, life skills education and child-friendly education.

It goes on to: present a typology and discussion of different approaches and strategies for integrating DRR in the curriculum ; give guidance on the formulation of DRR curriculum goals and grade-related learning objectives ; demonstrate alternative teaching approaches, alternative ways of sequencing knowledge, skills and attitudinal development, and different ways of progressing learning materials development ; provide benchmarks and reference standards for monitoring and evaluating student progress ; showcase relevant planning, assessment, review and discussion tools relating to DRR curriculum development ; provide case study examples of successful integration of DRR into school curricula and practice ; offer guidance on the scaling up and mainstreaming of DRR curriculum initiatives within education systems; demonstrate how to monitor and evaluate DRR curriculum change.

Authors David Selby and Fumiyo Kagawa; Published by UNESCO and UNICEF, 2013, 192pp.


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