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Global Science and Safety Initiative for Girls Brochure

Global Science and Safety Initiative for Girls Brochure

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Teachers Without Borders and USGS project to include 100,000 girls in earthquake science and education for seismically-vulnerable regions of the world.
Teachers Without Borders and USGS project to include 100,000 girls in earthquake science and education for seismically-vulnerable regions of the world.

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DEATHS
United States Geological Survey, Teachers Without Borders,Global Earthquake Model, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
 
GIRLS QUAKE SCIENCE AND SAFETY INITIATIVE
1,000,000$buildings$surveyed$for$their$seismic$weakness$100,000$girls$educated$in$seismic$science$and$safety$5,000$teachers$trained$in$seismic$curriculum$1,500$seismometers$installed$in$schools$1,000$engineers$mentoring$the$girls$
Impacts$
For EQUAL FUTURES PARTNERSHIPSTEM education for 100,000 girls in vulnerablecommunities
 
Dear Colleagues,Dense populations. Precarious educational systems.Poorly-constructed buildings. High seismic vulnerability.Political instability. A perfect, tragic,
preventable
storm.We believe that an ounce of prevention and planningeducation (science and safety) is worth a pound of cure(post-disaster aid money).After having conducted successful, independentearthquake science and education programs for years,the White House asked the United States GeologicalSurvey (USGS) and Teachers Without Borders (TWB) tocollaborate on bringing about the most ambitious, yetachievable, science and safety initiative in the world.Endorsed the White House’s
Equal Futures Partnership
and encouraged by the William and Flora HewlettFoundation, Prevention Web, Johns Hopkins University,the University of California, and the Interagency Networkfor Education in Emergencies, the Girls Quake Scienceand Safety Initiative (GQSSI) bridges the gap betweenthe capacity-building development and global aidfollowing a disaster.GQSSI intends to reach 100,000 girls over 3 years andcan begin with substantial regional pilots as early asSeptember, 2013. All pilots would include the full scienceand safety program: seismometers, in-country technicians,support providers, educational resources(shake tables, QuakeCaster, Plate Tectonic Puzzles),smart phones, Flip video cameras, building inventorydata capture and uploading tools, global buildingtaxonomy, risk-portrait case studies, local partnerships,earthquake science and safety curriculum from TWB andUSGS, and mentor-teacher workshops.Combining pilots in multiple locations would help lower the cost per student by maximizing efficiencies associatedwith one-time (up-front) program activities. Greatestefficiencies shall be clearly evident after scalable systemsare in place that allow the GQSSI to travel amongregions and to monitor scale.The Girls Quake Science and Safety Initiative is consistentwith international law and the 2005 Hyogo Frameworkfor Action, a blueprint signed by 168 governments toacknowledge and plan for education as a means bywhich we can ensure a safe future for our children.GETTING STARTEDWe suggest five potential regions for pilotimplementations:India, Indonesia (Sumatra and Java),Myanmar, and Jordan.Our selection criteria considers(a) diplomatic relations with the host government toprovide a constructive collaboration for conducting theGQSSI (b) a history with trusted local partners (c)emerging partners (d) educational capacity; and (e)regional support. For each region, we have provided abrief seismic and educational profile, information aboutpartnerships, and cost differentials.The Girls Quake Science Initiative is poised to advanceworld-class science and education
from below the groundand up.
 Respectfully submitted,United States Geological Survey, Teachers WithoutBorders, Global Earthquake Model, EarthquakeEngineering Research Institute
United States Geological Survey, Teachers Without Borders,Global Earthquake Model, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Education from BELOW the ground and up
“..bolstering access to open educationalresources (OER)...to educate girls aboutearthquake science in high-risk regions of the world.”
EQUAL FUTURES PARTNERSHIP
 
A POOR EDUCATION IS A SEISMIC RISK
More than 50 per centof children who die inearthquakes each year (worldwide) die insidetheir school buildings.
Only 2% of all humanitarian aid goes into education

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