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Schools play an im­por­tant role in dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion. Schools ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity and of­ten pro­vide shel­ter dur­ing a dis­as­ter.

Pri­mary school stu­dents should learn about cli­mate change and dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion.

Stu­dents and teach­ers must fo­cus on five key ar­eas:

• cli­mate change, dis­as­ters and its im­pacts on peo­ple’s lives and liveli­hoods

• stu­dents un­der­stand­ing on cli­mate change

• the role of stu­dents and teach­ers on re­duc­ing the risk of dis­as­ters and adapt­ing to cli­mate change

• iden­ti­fy­ing gaps in ex­ist­ing cur­ricu­lum re­gard­ing cli­mate change and dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion; and

• dis­cussing how in­for­ma­tion can be best pre­sented to school stu­dents

A help­ful in­sight into the stu­dents’knowl­edge, at­ti­tudes and prac­tices re­gard­ing dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion and cli­mate change as well as valu­able con­tri­bu­tions for de­sign­ing ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als in the fu­ture are req­ui­sites. Stu­dents should pos­sess a good un­der­stand­ing on cli­mate change and able to iden­tify rea­sons such as green­house gas emis­sions and de­for­esta­tion.

Over­all stu­dents should dis­play a good un­der­stand­ing on what to do be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter dis­as­ters.

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The author is Teacher III at Ma­cabebe El­e­men­tary School, Ma­cabebe East District

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