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Prioritizing Schools & Education: Good Intentions But Miles To Go Ben Wisner Oberlin College/DESTIN-LSE/Benfield Hazard Research Centre-UCL ActionAid/ISDR.

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1 Prioritizing Schools & Education: Good Intentions But Miles To Go Ben Wisner Oberlin College/DESTIN-LSE/Benfield Hazard Research Centre-UCL ActionAid/ISDR Consultant

2 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!

3 The Review Hyogo Framework Action Area 3: Knowledge management Education Risk awareness Where Does it All Start????

4 It Starts with Local Knowledge & Primary Schools

5 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

6 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)

7 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)

8 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!

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10 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

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