Global focus on young people in disaster
The voices of children and young people were loud and clear at a disaster resilience conference recently held in Portugal.
Over 130 international stakeholders from policy, research and practice gathered at the University of Lisbon in May for the CUIDAR Cultures of Disaster Resilience Among Children and Young People project, including CRC project leader Dr Briony Towers from RMIT University.
Dr Towers presented at the opening of the event, where she spoke about the importance of student voice and participation in disaster resilience education and showcased the child-led approach to bushfire education that is being implemented at Strathewen Primary School in Victoria.
“There was a lot of interest in the child-led approach being employed at Strathewen and other schools such as Anglesea Primary School, where the benefits of amplifying student voice and participation in disaster resilience education have been coming through really clearly,” Dr Towers said.
Strathewen Primary School was destroyed in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and Dr Towers has since been studying how the school’s innovative approach to bushfire education is empowering children to become active participants in bushfire risk reduction in their community…
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