Comprehensive School Safety has been a priority in DRR in Asia since 2006 with the launch of the ISDR global campaign on Safer Schools. It has been an important part of DRR in the education sector, addressing the risk of children in schools and community contexts. Global Comprehensive School Safety Framework requires children and youths to play a specific role in their school safety by guiding teachers and parents to join the school safety in an effective way.
“Youth in School Safety” (YSS) facilitators’ training was designed for youth empowerment at schools to strengthen the bonds between school children and Red Cross youths, teachers and parents in their specific roles in school safety by equipping them with basic knowledge and skills for School Based Disaster Risk Reduction.
The training methodology with a participant-centred, experiential learning approach relies on a non-cognitive methodology, meaning those feelings, experience, or the physical body, rather than intellectual analysis adopted from Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change (YABC) toolkits. It supports youth to analyse the School based Risk which is not only about the disaster but all comprehensive risks such as school bulling, violence, school hygiene and road accident and gain a knowledge and put them in practice by addressing/identifying specific gaps/issues and their root causes in their existing knowledge and practice, giving all possible solutions to such issues by their own, through scenario based games, role-plays, simulation and visualization exercises. In a second phase, Children and youths share experiences with their peers and reflect together and make a ‘from their heart to their mind’ learning journey to become ethical leaders for School Safety.
The training was organized by Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent (BDRC) in a close coordination with the Ministry of Education in an aim to expand this programme to all schools over the country. It was conducted on 2-5 December 2017 in Brunei Darussalam, with the participation of 16 persons (13 female and 3 male).
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