Education: Many schools were damaged and collapsed in the quake, and some of the schools have been reconstructed yet still need further refurbishment. School Education and Sports Minister Vinod Tawde Wednesday announced that the training programme will begin as soon as schools re-open.
NDRRMC volunteers have been working closely with teachers in thousands of schools to cover issues such as proper responses to emergency alerts, safety measures, preparing go-to bags (with clothes, medicine and emergency supplies), and the right time to evacuate, he said. Children are also taught to store all school records, manuals, books and electronic equipment in a safe, elevated place in case of floods.
Raymond Palatino, a member of the House of Representatives for the youth sector, said administrators in many schools, however, had not been strict in implementing such drills, largely due to lack of funds and resources. The disaster caused around 200 deaths with 13,000 injured and 2,000,000 people in dire need of help. Tawde also said that the state government is also planning to introduce disaster management lessons in school textbooks as part of the initiative. This guide provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit.


In Hongya County, World Vision provides desks and chairs and other study facilities to students at school.
Following a series of earthquakes that hit Nepal and also some parts of India, the state government has decided to roll out a disaster management programme in schools, starting June 15. Ramos said all educational institutions were mandated by the country's Disaster Risk Management Act of 2010 to regularly hold flood, typhoon and earthquake drills. He said school-based emergency drills were currently conducted only every three months, despite the Philippines being prone to earthquakes and having many active volcanoes. Hence, we are aiming to train teachers and students of 100 schools in each district in the state from the coming academic year, starting June. The training programme will be on the lines of the Centre’s ‘National School Safety Programme’, under which teachers and students will be trained to deal with natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Tawde said that under this programme, teachers and students will be informed about the causes and effects of natural disasters, dos and don’ts, mock drills will be conducted and children will be made to prepare a disaster management plan.
He suggested the country follow the example of Japan's Iwate Prefecture, where children are taught early evacuation, and disaster management experts are frequent visitors.


Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency General Public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities.
According to officials district collectors will monitor the implementation of the programme in schools. Ramos said the government was also moving to ensure that poorly built schools are strengthened and early warning systems and mechanisms are put in place. Since the programme’s launch in 2010, the Education Department, in conjunction with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), has developed modules to be used by tutors to educate students on various hazards, as well as how to respond to them.



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