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

Towards a Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience: Technical Guidance for Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction in the School Curriculum guides education planners and curriculum specialists in integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into school curricula.

The document provides a thorough rationale for including DRR in school curricula within an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) framework. It also guides those with responsibility for curricula on appropriate teaching and learning methods for disaster preparedness, that is to say the methods that empower and motivate learners and support the development of a comprehensive culture of disaster resilience.

This technical guidance encourages the incorporation of ESD insights and criteria into DRR curriculum review and development. This allows for better coverage of all five dimensions of DRR education (seen in the image below), including dimensions 3, 4 and 5, which are less frequently or rarely addressed within DRR curricula.



This also situates DRR education as compatible with Climate Change Education and as part of Quality Education, Life-skills Education, and Child-friendly Education.

The document also recognizes the importance of adopting a holistic risk and resilience education framework. In addition to looking at natural hazards, this framework looks at manmade hazards that the education sector faces, such as violent conflicts. While not covering this topic in detail, the technical guidance supports the integration of conflict risk reduction education and DRR education.

Resource: UNESCO and UNICEF


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