Sunday, October 12, 2008

UNESCO’s Earthquake Response Programme: "building back better"

Over 73,000 people in Pakistan perished in the devastating 2005 earthquake. In Bam, India, the earthquake of 2003 left 18,000 children without classrooms. In response to these disasters and other similarly affected areas, UNESCO has developed the Earthquake Response Programme which focuses on reactivating the education system through training.
UNESCO's program has challenged the traditional response of rebuilding education. "Building back better" involves more than just physical structures. The Earthquake Response Program focuses on: 
  • initial and follow-up training in management of recovery and reconstruction
  • case specific materials
  • literacy programs
  • much needed psychosocial support 
In addition to the local level response, UNESCO is also working among policy makers to increase awareness regarding the importance of education.

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