Disaster risk reduction through schools in Ayeyerwady Division

This project will help 10 schools plan for disasters so that they will be safer and more able to re-open quickly after a disaster. This can be crucial as the functioning of a school has a powerful normalising and stabilising effect, both on children and on wider communities. We will build understanding among teachers of how to identify and deal with distress and trauma caused by disasters, and make the structure of the schools physically safer.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Climate change is increasing the strength and frequency of storms, cyclones, floods and droughts. The impact of these disasters depends on people’s vulnerability and their ability to cope. By building community resilience and by helping people to adapt to climate change, we can reduce the impact of future disasters. Schools play a central role in poor communities - even in poor countries such as Myanmar they are one of the most numerous state institutions and each new generation can be made better prepared. Schools are therefore an ideal platform from which to spread awareness about disasters and the means to reduce vulnerability for communities. The main aim of the project is to ensure that these communities are well equipped to deal with future natural disasters. By the end of the project, the schools will act as central points for dealing with cyclones, providing physical shelter, as well as a place to train and practice risk management. The project will: •Strengthen 10 schools so that they can also function as cyclone shelters; •Raise awareness and train the community and school children in disaster responses through mock cyclone drills; •Train and equip the school and community with disaster-management materials and early warning equipment such as a radios, megaphones and emergency medical supplies; •Advocate to persuade the government to make DRR a national priority and to replicate the model. This is a one year project costing £28,000. However, this project has the potential for replication to help further communities in cyclone-prone areas throughout Myanmar.