Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Schools : Intl Day for Disaster Reduction : Resources : game & app


credits: UNESCO


"The mitigation of devastation caused by disasters is therefore a global issue that determines the future, not only of our economies and environmental heritage, but also of humanity. Let us join forces in this fight – there is no time to lose."

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Disasters induced by natural and technological hazards affect millions of people every year worldwide, but much of their impact can be reduced through pro-active measures and planning. 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held each year on 13 October,  celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. 

World map
source: US Department of State - Humanitarian Information Unit

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is all about governance. You can measure good disaster risk governance in lives saved, reduced numbers of disaster-affected people and reduced economic losses. 

COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need clear vision, plans and competent, empowered institutions acting on scientific evidence for the public good.

Good national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction must be multi-sectoral, linking policies in areas such as land use, building codes, public health, education, agriculture, environmental protection, energy, water resources, poverty reduction and climate change adaptation.

Although it is impossible to completely eliminate disaster risk, countries that design policy and legislative frameworks and that prepare their institutions in line with the goal, targets and priorities for action of the Sendai Framework, have greater capacity to manage disaster risk and therefore to reduce the impact of disasters when they occur. 

Theme 2020:"Good disaster risk governance."

"We need to see strategies that address not just single hazards like floods and storms, but those that respond to systemic risk generated by zoonotic diseases, climate shocks and environmental breakdown."


This year’s theme is focused on conveying the message that "many disasters can be avoided or prevented if there are disaster risk reduction strategies in place to manage and reduce existing levels of risk and to avoid the creation of new risk".


When natural hazards strike, education is often the first service interrupted & the last resumed.

Disasters have a major impact on children, youth and education systems. Studies of disaster trends and the likely consequences of climate change suggest that each year 175 million children are likely to be affected by natural hazard related disasters alone. 


Haiti earthquake, 2010


In January 2010, some 38,000 students and 1,300 teachers and education personnel died in Haiti. The Ministry of Education offices were destroyed along with 4,000 schools – close to 80 % of educational establishments in the Port-au-Prince area

Sichuan earthquake, 2008
Mianzhu school, China
via AsiaNews, 2008

During the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008, approximately 10,000 students were crushed in their classrooms and more than 7,000 school rooms collapsed.

To ensure everyone's #RightToEducation, UNESCO supported schools across the world to keep more than 500,000 children & education personnel safe.

It’s time to raise our game if we want to leave a more resilient planet to future generations.


  • Game :Treme-Treme

Treme-Treme, game

The Treme-Treme game allows children to learn concepts in a fun way, appropriate  for their age (5-9 years).

This educational game promotes a playful awareness for children about the theme of seismic risk, transmits knowledge and encourages the new generations to become aware and to be prepared for hazard.

Treme-Treme, game


The game is available in English and Portuguese. It's free of charge through the website. Treme-Treme offers the possibility to play on computer, mobile or tablet.

Treme-Treme is a game that allows children to learn concepts in a funny way, very appropriate  for their age, to be alert about tsunami and earthquakes.

Treme-Treme, game

The game promotes:

A playful awareness for children about the theme of seismic risk;

Transmits knowledge and encourage kids and young people to become aware, and to be prepared for natural disasters as earthquakes.

The game will teach kids how to act before, during and after an earthquake.

They will learn to built an emergency kit and learn to recognize the safe and dangerous spots at home, school, park, other.

  • App

screenshot I-React/ app
Google Play

I-React an app to help to be prepared and to have all the tools we need to fight against disasters. The app also includes a set of tips & quizzes on what to do before, during and after a weather-related emergency. All of this in your pocket!

I-REACT is an innovation project funded by the European Commission to aim to use social media, smartphones and wearables to improve natural disaster management.

Updated: 18 February 2020. Watch the video and details here.

Education for Disaster Reduction (DRR) takes into account the relationships between society, environment, economy, and culture and their impacts. 

It also promotes critical thinking and problem-solving as well as social and emotional life skills that are essential to the empowerment of groups threatened or affected by disasters.

As educators, we must to give children and young students the skills to keep themselves safe. Knowing how to sniff out trouble, knowing how to avoid it or minimize, and knowing how to handle it when it comes knocking are key essential life skills.



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