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

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.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
This programme aims to increase the awareness
and understanding on the importance of disaster
preparedness which focus on local risks, hazards and
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.