Disaster Risk Reduction &Climate Change Education in Vanuatu
Vanuatu is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural hazards. Situated in the Pacific’s ‘ring of fire’ and ‘cyclone belt’, it regularly experiences volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, cyclones and at times tsunamis, drought and flood. With the onset of climate change, extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and intensity, and sea levels are rising. Recognizing the need to build a ‘culture of safety’ in the face of hazards, Save the Children has launched a program in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education to develop quality Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) curriculum materials for primary schools. The goal of the program is to ensure that children, families and communities are better equipped to cope with and withstand hazard while also understanding what needs to be done to prevent hazards from turning into disasters.