Cambodia School Preparedness Programme (SPP)

Project Cambodia School Preparedness Programme (SPP)
Objectives

• To strengthen Save the Earth Cambodia’s capacity in SPP • To raise awareness on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and preparedness and integrate SPP in 40 schools and community development plans in the cities of Battambang and Phnom Penh

Project Partners Save the Earth Cambodia (STEC)
Activities

• School Preparedness ‘Training of Trainers’ (SPToT) for Phnom Penh and Battambang regional teachers, training centre lecturers and trainee teachers • School Preparedness Workshop (SPW) with 20 selected schools in Battambang and Phnom Penh • Implementation of selected Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) action plan activities in Battambang and Phnom Penh, through the Regional Teachers Training Centre (RTTC) • Reflection/Experience Sharing Workshop

Locations Battambang and Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Period March 2011 to December 2012
Accomplishments

• 1200 school students, 200 school teachers, 40 school directors from selected schools in Phnom Penh and 160 government officials participated in the SPW • Battambang and Phnom Penh RTTC implemented all of the selected action plan activities. • All 40 action plans that were developed during the SPW, were given to the Commune for integration into the Commune development plans produced • 2 Reflection and Experience Sharing Workshops held

Background

Cambodia is prone to annual river flooding during the monsoon seasons. There are many cases of tropical storms, droughts and forest fires. Flooding often destroys crops and livestock, damages homes, schools, clinics, roads, community infrastructure and causes the loss of human life, impacting heavily on local people’s livelihoods and quality of life. In 2010, MERCY Malaysia established a partnership with STEC to share knowledge and experiences gained through the implementation of SPP in Malaysia, also needed in Cambodia. Experience gained through a SPP pilot project in 2010, was recognised by Cambodia’s local, sub-national and national authorities as an urgent need. MERCY Malaysia extended the project at the regional level. The project’s aim is to promote a culture of disaster preparedness and increase the capacity of schools and students to respond to impending disasters.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia carried out a School Preparedness ‘Training of Trainers’ (TOT) refresher workshop with five staff and volunteers of STEC, using MERCY Malaysia’s revised SPP learning module. The programme increased the awareness and understanding on the importance of disaster preparedness: by focusing on local risks, hazards and disasters. Continuous monitoring and evaluation visits are carried out throughout the project to ensure compliance to the project objectives and the needs of local schools and students.