Construction is set to begin on Myanmar’s first training school for natural disaster management, a government official told a disaster training and capacity building workshop last week.

Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin said the school “can reduce the damage caused by disasters by [teaching] a curriculum of preventative measures”.

She said it was designed to help students prepare their communities for future disasters.

Myanmar is prone to a number of types of natural and man-made disasters, including earthquakes, cyclones, flooding and droughts.

Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin said international organisations had given assistance following disasters in Myanmar and she expected them to also provide support for the school, particularly in terms of teaching.

Construction on the school, to be located in Hinthada township in Ayeyarwady Region, will begin during this financial year. The school will be able to accept up to 200 students, she said, and will be open to civil servants, members of non-government organisations and members of the public.

Scheduled to open in 2015-16, the school will be the focal point of Myanmar’s disaster preparedness efforts, said Daw Phyu Lae Lae Tun, deputy director of the Department of Relief and Resettlement.

“First we will run management courses in all states and regions of the country, and later all courses will be taught in the Hinthada training school. We aim to open diploma courses in future.”

Daw Phyu Lae Lae Tun said graduates will be able to teach courses in their own communities to relay knowledge about disaster prevention.

The strategic planning workshop was organised by the ministry with technical assistance from United Nations agencies, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. (Translated by Zar Zar Soe)


Source: Myanmar Times | 15 July 2013

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