THE Department of Education (DepEd) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday launched a children’s storybook entitled “What Happens in Disasters” which aims to educate schoolchildren on preparedness.
Launched at Pasig Elementary School in Pasig City (Metro Manila), the storybook is a compilation of accounts of survivors of various natural calamities in the country. It seeks to impart the lessons learned during catastrophes in a non-instructional format.
Around 120 people were interviewed in 22 schools in five school divisions that include Bohol, Legaspi City, Leyte, Manila and Samar. The interviews and stories of the people from each location were consolidated into one story per hazard.
“Through the stories of actual survivors of disasters narrated in the book, you are able to educate learners about the diverse classification of disasters and the mitigating efforts to avoid loss because of said catastrophes,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said.
The DepEd chief noted that the initiative with JICA on empowering the kids to secure themselves would significantly reduce the personal level of risk to hazards. The children and youth may take proactive role in disaster education and share the information with their peers as well as to engage their families to prepare for emergency situations.
Luistro stressed that more than the understanding of disasters within the confines of the school, vigilance within every home would save more lives.
“As we empower the children for preparedness, we hope that this awareness be brought home and be shared to their respective families.”