The island of Hatiya in Bangladesh is being increasingly threatened by extreme weatherconditions. This massively endangers most of its 450 000 inhabitants. After all they live onagriculture so that heavy storms or cyclones put all their belongings at risk. To prepare thepeople sustainably for such disasters, the German Red Cross has started to co-operatewith local schools.
Only about every third inhabitant on the island Hatiya is able to read and write. This is whythe disaster preparedness project of the German Red Cross addresses pupils andteachers at schools. The programme focuses on training for disaster preparedness andfirst aid. During the lessons, the Red Cross workers explain and train teachers and pupilsknowledge that can save lives. For example:
- How to give first aid?
- How to protect myself and my comrades or teachers in an emergency?
- How can I help in disaster preparedness?
- How do I set up an emergency plan?
- How does an evacuation work?
- How can conserving the environment and resources contribute to disasterpreparedness?
Work on sanitation facilities
Besides these trainings, the German Red Cross supports schools in repairing and building sanitation facilities such as wells and toilets. This includes education on hygiene andmaintenance of the facilities. This makes sure pupils do not have to stay away from class because of missing sanitation facilities.
The theoretical lessons are complemented by practical training. In competitions andgames, the pupils apply their new theoretical knowledge. Besides this, they prepareemergency plans for concrete incidents and check whether the plans are practicallyapplicable.
Learn, practice, teach
The training does not only aim to teach pupils how to save their own lives, but also how topass on that knowledge. The goal of the project is to enable the children to teach theirparents or other members of their community. This can be done in theatre plays, forexample. Theatre play allows to wrap the knowledge they have learnt and integrate it intothe play to pass it on to the audience.
Region: South Asia, Bay of Bengal, south of Bangladesh
Project volume: 60 000 Euro
Funding: German Red Cross, donations and funds from the international GRCFoundation
Partner: Bangladesh Red Crescent Society