SEAMEO INNOTECH holds resiliency program under SEDF

As part of the learning program Excellence in Leading Resilient Schools in Southeast Asia, school leaders from seven Southeast Asian countries participated in a 12-day face-to-face learning interaction at INNOTECH from 4 to 15 August 2014. It is the second phase of the learning program which promotes school-based mechanisms and processes for school disaster resiliency.

The participants developed shared and deeper understanding and awareness of the concepts and overall framework in disaster management during the learning interaction. There were technical presentations and discussions, interactive group and individual activities, and visit to schools and other organizations.

By following five interrelated modules, the participants identified the relevant action points to enhance mechanisms and processes on disaster preparedness, sustainable response, and recovery program in school and community. The modules outline (1) the school context and DRRM, (2) the evolving role of school leaders in DRRM, (3) the strategies in building more resilient schools, (4) school-community partnership in DRRM, and (5) crafting concrete action points for DRRM.

The learning program under the SEAMEO Educational Development Fund (SEDF) aims for the participants to develop an action plan to set up or enhance school-based mechanisms and processes for school resiliency against disasters. The participants are school leaders with varying school contexts and challenges in leading their schools’ disaster resiliency program. Participating countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The program is divided into three phases delivered through a blended learning mode and face to face training sessions. The first phase of the program ran from 16 June to 18 July 2014, and assessed the competencies and gaps of the participants’ schools through online interaction using the INNOTECH flexible learning system (iFLEX).

The third and last phase will be an online sharing of the learning and practices as they implement what they have learned from the program. It will be held from 15 to 26 September 2014. The participants will come up with their concrete action plan based on their learnings and experiences by the end of the three-phased program.

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