Following a series of earthquakes that hit Nepal and also some parts of India, the state government has decided to roll out a disaster management programme in schools, starting June 15.
The training programme will be on the lines of the Centre’s ‘National School Safety Programme’, under which teachers and students will be trained to deal with natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.
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School Education and Sports Minister Vinod Tawde Wednesday announced that the training programme will begin as soon as schools re-open. “School children are the most vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. Hence, we are aiming to train teachers and students of 100 schools in each district in the state from the coming academic year, starting June. We will cover the entire state in the next three to four years,” said Tawde.
An official from the department said that already 200 schools in Pune and an equal number in Satara district have received training on tackling natural calamities.
Tawde said that under this programme, teachers and students will be informed about the causes and effects of natural disasters, dos and don’ts, mock drills will be conducted and children will be made to prepare a disaster management plan. “We will take help from he state’s disaster management cell and NGO’s to conduct the training programme on a large scale,” said Tawde.
According to officials district collectors will monitor the implementation of the programme in schools. Tawde also said that the state government is also planning to introduce disaster management lessons in school textbooks as part of the initiative.