Sri Lanka

Education for Social Cohesion Programme – Component "Disaster Risk Management and Psycho-social Care"

In Sri Lanka, public awareness on disaster vulnerability and the need to be better prepared for a disaster event was reinforced after the Tsunami in December 2004. The introduction of Disaster Preparedness and School Safety into the education system became part of Sri Lankan-German bilateral cooperation, and a respective project (Disaster Risk Management and Psycho-social Care) was annexed to the Programme “Education for Social Cohesion”. The project was implemented by ECO Education.

The programme supported Sri Lanka’s National Institute of Education and Ministry of Education in the introduction of topics related to disaster risk management into pre- and inservice teacher training through curriculum development and training of teacher trainers. Teaching at secondary school level was encouraged through the introduction of modules for school projects and related learning and teaching materials. By fostering disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation among school children and youths the project contributed to improving the physical safety of school communities. Topics related to Disaster Safety such as natural hazards and climate change were introduced into school curricula.

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 modules for school projects and related learning and teaching materials directly supported the ongoing teaching work at secondary school level.

The project co-operated with 200 pilot schools throughout the country. Among many other outputs the project produced a vast array of print materials and a DVD on disaster safety, including teaching material as well as a self-learning student’s section. In cooperation with the Disaster Management Center a nationwide essay and drawing competition was organized to rise awareness among the school communities. The winners received awards in a festive ceremony and their contributions were published in a book to spread the message further. 

Time span
2006 – 2016      

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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