Supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiaitives (CFLI) – Philippines. The project aims to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction Education in school curricula and strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction management in public schools in Benguet province.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Deped Benguet Division Office and the Benguet Provincial government with the following key activities:
1. Province-wide forum on DRR in Education held on December 6, 2012 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol. One hundred thirty five (135) individuals participated in the forum: comprising mainly of school principals, school heads and teachers in Benguet, representatives from various DepEd division and district offices in Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Abra, members of the provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction management committees in Benguet, representatives from provincial line offices, local and regional media groups, representative from the Office of Civil Defense(OCD)-CAR and students.
The forum presentors/panelists include DepEd CAR Regional DRR Focal Person Mr. Elfredo c. Dalang, DepEd Benguet Division Superintendent Nancy G. Lumbas, CEO, La Trinidad MDRRMC Point Person Mr. Yoshio Labi and SEAMEO INNOTECH Consultant Ms. Saira Ferrer. The gathering was also graced by the presence of Benguet Governor Nestor B. Fongwan, CFLI Supervising Officer/Public Affairs Officer of the Embassy of Canada Mr. Carlo Figueroa and CFLI project officer May Fe B. Reyes.
2. Training of Teachers (TOT) on mainstreaming DRR education in the school curricula held last January 17-19, 2013 in Baguio City. The training aimed to enhance capacities of school heads and teachers in integrating DRR in teaching and school management. Various presentations, workshops and activities were employed in the training covering topics on: Philippine disaster situation and its implication to the education sector, existing policies in mainstreaming DRR in education and school management, climate change, education for sustainable development, existing learning materials on DRR for formal and non-formal education, and innovative and creative approaches in integrating DRR in lessons and school activities.
Eighty (80) participants from 14 school districts in 13 Benguet municipalities composed of school heads/principals and head teachers attended the TOT. Aside from the inputs from the 3-day training seminar, each participants received DRR teaching/learning kits and other resource materials that they could use in teaching DRR concepts in their respective schools.
3. School-based activities that include DRR contingency planning; and roll-out activities in integrating DRR concepts in school lessons. Four schools conducted their DRR Contingency Planning – Benguet National High School in La Trinidad, Loo National High School and Loo Elementary School in Buguias, Camp 30 Elementary School in Atok. Roll out activities by teacher participants of the training of Teachers were conducted in Benguet National High School in La Trinidad and Sablan Elementary School.
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