Posted on October 04, 2014

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched the second edition of its 'Safe School' programme for the academic year 2014-2015, with plans to expand its scope to encompass 25-30 schools throughout the country, said Qatar Tribune.

The programme, whose slogan is 'Safe Behaviour, Less Risk and Effective Response', is funded and implemented by QRC in coordination with managements of the host schools. The programme is conducted every Sunday at a different Supreme Education Council (SEC) school. It includes an all-day theoretical and practical training. At the end of the day, helpful booklets and fliers are distributed and a disaster simulation scenario is practiced.

It aims to promote a culture of safe behaviour and societal risk management to prevent, reduce and properly deal with risks by developing practical experience and skills among youngsters, teaching them general concepts of disaster risk reduction. The programme syllabus has topics on safety and security of society members, raises awareness on the importance of environment protection among schoolchildren, teachers, administrative staff, bus supervisors and even parents (through the students) and urges them to adopt safe behaviour as a lifestyle.

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It employs a strategy that targets educational institutions to utilise schooling as way of community education and creation of dynamic and broadminded personalities, rather than a rigid, backward instructional system limited to theoretical textbooks that spread passiveness and inaction among students. QRC Secretary-General Saleh bin Ali al Mohannadi, said,"The project involves training students to increase their awareness and ability to respond to earthquakes, fires, accidents, and other disasters."

Mohannadi thanked Oryx GTL for sponsoring the publication of the 'Prepared Child', a brochure distributed to students with guidelines about what to do during an earthquake. "I invite all government bodies, NGOs, corporations, and everyone interested in social and charitable work to support this programme," he said. During 2013-2014, the programme was conducted in 19 schools, benefiting 6,622 students as well as 573 teachers, administrative staff and bus supervisors.

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