|Project||School Preparedness Programme|
• To promote a culture of disaster preparedness • To increase capacity of schools and students to respond to disasters
|Project Partners||• Ministry of Education, Malaysia • Pintar Foundation, MISC through Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM)|
• School Watching Workshops • School Response Preparedness Workshops • Training of Trainers for MM volunteers
|Locations||Johor, Kelantan,Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Sarawak, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka|
• 23 workshops, total of 908 participants (General Fund) • 35 schools covered through Pintar Foundation, a total of 1,400 participants
MERCY Malaysia continues to support the Safe School initiative of Ministry of Education by organising the School Watching Workshops (SWW) across the country. The workshops aim to increase the participants’ understanding of the importance of disaster preparedness and to provide practical experiences in preparing risk and hazard maps in schools through various exercises. In 2009, MERCY Malaysia was approached by the PINTAR Foundation to assist them in initiating their school programmes. Both parties agreed on a collaborative working arrangement to strengthen the capacity of disaster preparedness in school children.
MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia conducted 20 School Watching Workshops in six states, including Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Johor and Sarawak in which a total participation of 771 students. Through the collaboration with Pintar Foundation, from April to July 2010, MERCY Malaysia covered a total of 34 schools participating in the series of School Watching Workshop. In 2010, a total of 2,308 students were trained in the school watching techniques. A survey conducted among the participants showed that nearly 83% of the sudents agreed that the workshop changed their perception on disasters because they now know the importance of being prepared. The SWW is therefore an effective tool to spread the idea and knowledge on disasters and preparedness to the communities, as children become active advocates and messengers on disaster preparedness in the society. MERCY Malaysia also piloted the School Response Preparedness (SRP) Workshop, another component in the School Preparedness Programme. The workshop aimed to provide practical, hands-on activities in schools and will engage students to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others during emergency and crisis situation. MERCY Malaysia developed the modules for the SRP workshop in consultation with partner SEEDS India and discussions with our volunteers. The target group for this workshop is the secondary school students and the workshops were piloted in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu. MERCY Malaysia also received support from ALAM cadets as facilitators at these workshops. 150 students from SMK Rahmat, Melaka; SMK Pasir Panjang, Port Dickson and SMK Lembah Bidong, Setiu Terengganu participated in the workshops.