Presentation on theme: "Prioritizing Schools & Education: Good Intentions But Miles To Go Ben Wisner Oberlin College/DESTIN-LSE/Benfield Hazard Research Centre-UCL ActionAid/ISDR."— Presentation transcript:
Prioritizing Schools & Education: Good Intentions But Miles To Go Ben Wisner Oberlin College/DESTIN-LSE/Benfield Hazard Research Centre-UCL ActionAid/ISDR Consultant
Acknowledgments! Dr. Tracy Monk – Families for School Seismic Safety, Vancouver, Canada ISDR Education Cluster Group ISDR Regional Offices ActionAid COGSS – Coalition for School Seismic Safety Literally 100s of Super-Generous Colleagues!
The Review Hyogo Framework Action Area 3: Knowledge management Education Risk awareness Where Does it All Start????
It Starts with Local Knowledge & Primary Schools
But there are Threats! Education MDG is not being met! Teachers receive low pay & are poorly supported Schools themselves may be in dangerous locations … and unprotected from high wind, flash flooding, landslides, storm surges CONSIDER JUST ONE HAZARD: EARTHQUAKE
School collapses resulting in deaths Bingol Turkey 2003 (84) Ahmedabad, India 2003 (>25) Bachu, China 2003 (>20) Pakistan 2005 (c. 17,000) Tangshin, China 1976 (>2,000) Spitak, Armenia 1988 (>1,000) Ardakul, Iran1997 (110) Cariaco, Venezuela 2001 (46) Molise, Italy 2002 (26)
Other Threats, Gaps & Opportunities Brain drain & Brains down the drain (Unemployment/ mal-employment, HIV-AIDS, violence, declining life expectancy & DALYs) MDC & Transitional country scientific dominance (HIPCs & Africa left behind) ICT imbalances (digital divide) Persistent NS/SS split (the two cultures) Gap between research and action (the last mile)
School Curricula Today Many focus on earth science Many focus on preparedness & drills Few integrate the two Fewer develop their own local curriculum Far fewer GO OUTSIDE and study the schools hazards & the communities BUT THIS IS WHERE THE POTENTIAL LIES!
Back to Hyogo All levels of education and research can be better linked with each other Available science and local knowledge can be APPLIED South-South networking can improve Bottom up (students, teachers, communities) & Top down (government, UN, IOs, NGOs) can be better connected