Cambodia School Preparedness Programme

Project Cambodia School Preparedness Programme

• Strengthen Save the Earth Cambodia’s capacity in School Preparedness Programme (SPP) • To raise awareness on disaster risk reduction and preparedness as well as integrate SPP in 40 schools and commune development plans in Battambang and Phnom Penh

Project Partners Save the Earth Cambodia (STEC)

• Training for Save the Earth Cambodia staff • School Preparedness Programme Training of Trainers (SPPToT) for Phnom Penh and Battambang Regional Teachers, Training Centre lecturers and trainee teachers • School Preparedness Programme (SPP) with 20 selected schools in Battambang and Phnom Penh • Information, education and communication (IEC) materials development

Locations Battambang and Phnom Penh
Period April 2011 - March 2012

All 20 action plans that were developed during the SPP workshop were given to the commune for it to be integrated into the community development plans.


Cambodia is prone to annual river flooding during the monsoon season. There are also cases of tropical storms, droughts and forest fires. The flood often destroys crops and livestock, damages homes, schools, clinics, roads, community infrastructure and even causes loss of human lives.

In 2010, MERCY Malaysia established a partnership with STEC to share knowledge and experience in the implementation of SPP in Malaysia. Experience gained through SPP pilot project in 2010 was recognised by Cambodia’s local, sub-national and national authority as an urgent need project. MERCY Malaysia extended the project to SPP at regional level to continuously promote a culture of disaster preparedness and increase capacity of schools and students to respond to disaster.


This programme aims to increase the awareness and understanding on the importance of disaster preparedness which focus on local risks, hazards and
disasters. SPP Cambodia was conducted in Phnom Penh involving 30 lecturers, 217 trainee teachers and one government official. In Battambang Regional Teachers Training Centre, 30 lecturers and 343 trainee teachers showed support for the programme. Overwhelming support was also shown in selected schools in Battambang involving 600 school students, 100 school teachers, 20 school director and 73 government officials.