Sri Lanka

Education for Social Cohesion Programme – Component „Disaster Safety Education"


The project supported the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education (NIE) to foster disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation among school children through disaster safety education and practice. The project contributed to improving the physical safety and the preparedness of school communities through hazard assessments and mitigation, emergency teams and safety skills.

National Guidelines on School Disaster Safety were introduced to all schools by the Ministries of Education and of Disaster Management. Other stakeholders like UNICEF, UNESCO, Red Cross, Save the Children supported the implementation of the school safety guidelines. Disaster Safety focal points were established to support the schools, facilitate coordination and emergency response.

Topics related to Disaster Safety such as natural hazards and climate change were introduced into school curricula and into the whole teacher training system. Didactic materials, for example the interactive multimedia kit on Disaster Safety Education, were developed with the (NIE) and distributed among teachers through training programs.

The project worked with five out of nine provinces, particularly in post-conflict and poverty-affected regions. On the national level, cooperation with all 17 national Teacher Education Colleges and with about 100 Teacher Centers was coordinated. The project also co-operated with 200 pilot schools in five provinces to evaluate the impact of the new teaching contents and methods on the students’ performance.

On the one hand, pre- and in-service teacher training was enhanced through curriculum development as well as training of teacher trainers and lecturers. On the other hand, the introduction of new methodological approaches like multi-media learning and project-based learning supported the ongoing teaching work at secondary schools. Among many other outputs the project produced a vast array of print materials, CDs and DVDs on disaster safety and climate change.

Time span
2006 – 2016      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Publication

Case study published

The publication "Introducing Disaster Safety in the Srilankan Education system: Factors for succes" compiles lessons from seven years of the project work. Download here (PDF, 384 KB) – see also NEWS.