The 1st Dujiangyan International Forum"Developing a Community OwnershipDR Culture to create Sustainability within the Education Infrastructure"
3 |P a g e when a coal slag heap slipped killing 144 people, of which 116 were children within one school andthe more recent school collapse in Haiti in November 2008
Haiti School collapse 2008
when an unauthorised building used as a school collapsed beneath them, killing 88.To understand the potential risks, we must make ourselves aware of the differing types of hazardslikely to affect us. Often these are passed down between generations within the collectiveindigenous knowledge; during more recent decades this knowledge is reinforced by formal disasterreduction education within schools and communities introduced by specialist advocators, constantlyencouraging the inclusion of DR within Education for all. We have a few key globetrotters with ustoday, including Marla Patal and Khizer Omer. Authorities also have a moral responsibility to ensurepublic buildings, schools and hospitals are built within Building Codes, to recognised high standardsof safety and resilience with Schools being licensed and monitored, with all alterations, additionsand developments being professionally assessed by qualified engineers.
So, the first formal step is assessment; assessing what we know and understand; assessing the risks;assessing our preparedness, our potential resilience and assessing our management resources tomake change.However this can not be done purely by a single teacher or indeed purely by our Mayor, it has to bethrough the combined, managed and informed efforts of the whole community,