NADMO and UNDP sensitize schools in disaster risk reductionJul 11, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) held a 3-day school sensitization exercise under the “Advocacy and Capacity Building on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” project funded by the World Bank.
One of the main goals of the project is to reduce disaster risks through awareness creation at all levels of the society. In this connection, UNDP developed fire safety and flood awareness materials (leaflets) focusing on disasters in urban settings, which NADMO is now disseminating in a series of sensitization activities that include TV/radio discussions and engagement of schools.
The first engagement targeted three schools located in flood prone areas in Accra, namely the Mamprobi Cluster of schools, Odorgonno Junior High School and the Korle Gonno Cluster of schools. About 1,500 pupils have benefited from this event, which aimed at providing them with basic but critical information on actions to take before, during and after floods.
This also created a platform for students to share their knowledge and experience with flooding situations and the actions they took to address the threats. The leaflets were distributed to the students, who were encouraged to be agents of change and share the information with their families, friends and neighbors. It highlights the importance of knowing the flood risks of their surroundings, identifying safe places for shelter and helping the elderly and physically challenged persons during floods.
Considering the highly positive feedback received, NADMO plans to continue the sensitization activities not only in other schools but also in communities, to ensure that no one is left behind in the efforts to make cities more resilient to disasters, especially during the rainy season.