JRC Disaster Prevention Education Project ‘Protect Life and Promote Disaster Prevention’

Disaster Prevention Education Program Will Be Set Up Within The Year

Empower Each Child To Protect Life

The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) is working with the Junior Red Cross (JRC) disaster prevention education project, ‘Protect Life and Spread Disaster Prevention.’ Its disaster prevention education program, including visual and other materials, will be set up by the end of this year in order to be utilized in disaster prevention educations in schools. The program and materials will be distributed to the JRC member schools throughout the country (about 11,700 elementary, middle, high, and special schools) within this fiscal year.

JRC disaster prevention education project has been under preparation since last year, building upon the experience from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The disaster prevention education program is designed with the aim of developing children’s ability to protect their own lives at disaster. The program promotes regular preparation against disaster, communication under the influence of disaster, etc.

Course materials include DVDs, which come in three types: one for lower elementary school students, another for higher elementary school students, and one for middle and high school students. The DVDs explain the mechanism of natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunami, and typhoons, the methods on how students can protect themselves in times of crisis, and how they should make use of disaster information.

Mr. Akira Ikegami, an ex-anchorman at NHK and journalist, was appointed as navigator in the introductory program to attract children. Additionally the actress Ms. Ayumi Ito, appeal in the DVD for middle and high school students: “It is important when you feel you are in danger, to take the initiative and think, ‘escape first’.”

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(Photo: Disaster prevention communication workshop: Bamboo sticks tower game to develop students’ ability to make decisions and develop sound judgment in times of crisis.)

Responding to Immediate Needs

JRCS assembled the disaster prevention education program with the cooperation from Japan Meteorological Agency and other specialists including JRC disaster prevention education program exploratory committee members, consisted mainly of JRC instructors and teachers. The materials are designed to be flexible, so that they can be used in various school contexts.

A central training session will be held next January which will address how to prepare lectures within the program and its materials so as to make the disaster prevention education most effective.