School Watching Workshop – Training of Teachers (SWW-TOT)

Project School Watching Workshop – Training of Teachers (SWW-TOT)
Objectives

To promote a culture of disaster preparedness and increase the capacity of schools to respond to the risk of disasters

Project Partners Ministry of Education (MoE) and Japan Embassy
Activities

Phase 2: School watching activities by trained teachers at schools Phase 3: Experience and knowledge sharing workshops (Phase 1 was conducted in 2011)

Locations Pulau Pinang, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Terengganu
Period April 2011 to December 2012 (Phase 1 to Phase 3)
Accomplishments

149 teachers were trained and a total of 10 workshops were conducted throughout this period

Background

MERCY Malaysia has been conducting training for students and teachers since 2007, through our School Watching Workshop – Training of Teachers (SWW-TOT) programme. Currently, this is the only training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) that is available for teachers in Malaysia. In 2011, MERCY Malaysia was awarded ‘Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security’ by the Japanese Embassy to conduct Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the SWWTOT programme in Malaysia. Through the SWW-TOT programme, teachers and students are taught to identify hazards and risks around their school and prioritise actions. Education plays a key role in increasing awareness and disaster preparedness.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia completed two phases (Phase 2 and Phase 3) of training this year. Phase 2 is the implementation phase of the school watching activities implemented at the school level by teachers which was held between July and December 2011. Phase 3 is an experience sharing workshop that was held in five different locations (Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak and Terengganu) between September and October 2012. The experience sharing workshop is a one-day workshop for teachers to present their findings from the activities they have conducted and to brain storm on challenges facing local communities and finding opportunities for future improvements.