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Risk Management Seminar – Disaster Risk Reduction and Education: A Practice from UNICEF Kenya Office

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  On October 3, 2012, CAMPUS-Asia Program, together with Kansai Branch of Japan Society for International Development, organized a Risk Management Seminar on "Disaster Risk Reduction and Education" delivered by Dr. Suguru Mizunoya, a Chief of Education and Young People's Section of UNICEF Kenya.
  During the first half of the session, Dr. Mizunoya shared his experiences and practices from UNICEF in Kenya regarding disaster risk reduction (DRR) in educations sector in particular. Kenya is one of the countries the most vulnerable to global climate change and often witnesses both slow-and rapid-onset disasters such as droughts, floods and epidemics. In 2011, for instance, the Horn of Africa drought crisis hit Kenya resulting in 3.75 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and disrupted the education of estimated 508,000 students: many students faced the lack of access to school, water, shortage of teaching and learning materials and facilities, and even risks of sexual abuse and violence.
  He discussed in detail about potential role of UNICEF in mitigating such disaster cost and implementing DRR at school and district levels in Kenya. UNICEF has been assisting school level DRR through its support for a) curriculum development, b) child friendly school and c) peace education. Its support further extends to national or sub-national level through its technical assistance to develop d) Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) and e) Kenya's education cluster coordination. He ends his presentation by mentioning what challenges are being faced and what should be done next in order to reinforce DRR in Kenya.

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  Furthermore, Dr. Mizunoya elaborated more on DRR in education sector and UNICEF's support for people in refugee camp in Kenya by answering the questions of the participants. UNICEF is the one that leads DRR education in Kenya. DRR does not have much fund as it is not considered priority at this time. DRR is usually related to global warming and any other critical problems to get attention in term of funding. UNICEF considers that one of the best ways to educate parents, especially in rural areas, is through educating their children and hence, it is important to provide DRR education to the children. Moreover, UNICEF is trying to extent existing technical and vocational training (TVET) system to refugee camp because many children are out of school due to high educational cost. UNICEF works with other agencies such as UN Women and NGO for handicapped and disabled to support women education and education of children with special needs.