Textbooks offer crucial education in emergencies lessons in Nepal earthquake’s wake

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© UNESCO
25 May 2015

Children are among the most vulnerable when disaster strikes – a fact made grimly clear in the aftermath of the 25 April Nepal earthquake, which killed scores of youngsters and left tens of thousands more homeless and at great risk amid scarce resources.

To promote greater understanding of emergency preparedness, response and recovery, the UNESCO office in Kathmandu and Nepal’s Non Formal Education (NFE) Center of the Ministry of Education, have produced, “Education in Emergencies: Self-learning Materials for Non-Formal Education”. The textbooks intersperse interesting graphics with stories and poems to convey potentially life-saving lessons in education in emergencies.

The Nepali-language textbooks will be distributed to NFE learners at Community Learning Centers in 14 districts that were among the most severely affected by the earthquake: Bhaktapur, Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kabhrepalanchok, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Nuwakot. Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Sindhupalchok.

UNESCO has been working closely with the Ministry of Education to mainstream and implement Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal’s education sector since 2010. In the wake of the recent disaster, UNESCO will strengthen its commitment to working with the government of Nepal toward establishing a comprehensive strategy and policy as well as effective tools for disaster preparedness and risk reduction before, during and after these calamities. 

Click here to download the book.