School Preparedness Programme (SPP)

Project School Preparedness Programme (SPP)
Objectives

• To promote a culture of disaster preparedness • To increase the capacity of schools and students to respond to disaster

Project Partners • Ministry of Education (MoE), Malaysia • State Department of Education of Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Labuan and Pahang • District Education Office
Activities

• School Preparedness Workshop for students • Phase 1: School Preparedness Workshop • Phase 1a: Implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities by selected schools • Phase 2: Follow-up Workshop • School Preparedness Workshop Training of Volunteers

Locations Nationwide
Period January to December 2012
Accomplishments

• A total of 530 students participated in Phase1 and 460 students participated in Phase2 • All 15 schools implemented at least one DRR activity in their respective schools • A total of 38 MERCY Malaysia volunteers were trained in this programme

Background

Although located near the Pacific Ring of Fire, Malaysia is very fortunate not have natural hazards, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, since we are sheltered by neighbouring countries. Nevertheless, many parts of Malaysia suffer from severe monsoon flooding and flash floods. This has worsened with the onset of climate change and unplanned development which also contributes to the problem: making it more difficult and unpredictable to respond to disasters.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia has developed a School Preparedness Programme (SPP), based on its experience of disaster relief knowledge both locally and internationally, to share its expertise and build resilience for students and teachers towards natural disasters. The programme aims to promote a culture of disaster preparedness and increase the capacity of schools and students to respond to disaster. In 2012, three phases of the SPP had been successfully conducted in 15 schools. Participants of the SPP workshop implemented Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities at their schools. MERCY Malaysia also provided a refresher course for the volunteer trainers on practises SPP.