Dhaka, Bangladesh
Reducing disaster risks in edn instts stressed

Reducing disaster risks in edn instts stressed

RAJSHAHI, July 23: Speakers at a divisional workshop here on Sunday underscored the need for reducing disaster risks in educational institutions aiming to save students from all possible disasters, including earthquake and tornado, reports BSS. They said the region including its vast Barind tract is vulnerable to climate change, which accelerate disaster risk here, and that is why a framework for disaster risk reduction in education is a must to cope with future disasters. Divisional Primary Education Office of Rajshahi organized the workshop titled "Disaster Risk in Education and Education in Emergency" held at Caritas conference hall in Rajshahai city. UNICEF, Bangladesh supported the programme. Director (Planning and Development) of Department of Primary Education (DPE) Abdur Rouf and its Deputy Director Kaosar Sabina addressed the opening session as chief and special guests respectively with Divisional Deputy Director Abul Khair in the chair. UNICEF Consultant Humayun Kabir and DPE Assistant Director Shahin Mian presented keynote papers highlighting the possible ways and means of how to mitigate the future disasters. Director Abdur Rouf said a framework for disaster risk reduction in education will help the government combat future disasters efficiently as Bangladesh is prone to extreme climatic events and disasters. He said the participants of this workshop are key stakeholders of primary education and he expected highest output from them to finalise the framework for disaster risk reduction in education. More than 70 people comprising district and upazila level primary education officers, PTI Superintendents and NGOs activists and teachers took part at the workshop. Taking part in different group discussions the participants put forward a set of recommendations on how to further development of the framework.

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