During emergency situations children constitute another group of vulnerable people needing special protection because they are dependent upon adults (for food, safety, information, care) and can often be victims of violence, abuse or neglect.. The Council of Europe programme on children has mainly focused on promoting children’s rights in all Council of Europe policy areas (democracy, justice, education, health, etc…), promoting children’s access to justice and eradication of all forms of violence against children.
The Agreement has also been active in focusing on children, particularly with regard to education, as a priority in its programme of activities - a real “cornerstone” of the building of a risk culture aimed to make societies more resilient.
The following two fields have been the main instruments:
- the development of the Internet-based BE-SAFE-NET learning tool, mainly aimed at children, teachers and the general public. The website provides knowledge on natural and technological hazards and how to protect people from their effects;
- active participation in the ISDR Thematic Platform on Knowledge and Education (in collaboration with ISDR, UNESCO and other partners), promoting analysis such as “Let our children teach us!” (a review of the role of Education and Knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction).
The subject of children and DRR has also been further explored by other Organisations, including UNICEF (which published a very complete report in 2009 entitled “Children and Disaster Risk Reduction: Taking stock and moving forward”, gathering experiences and hinted to a possible more active role of children in DRR), SAVE THE CHILDREN and other actors.
Addressing the future citizens
2016 : Completion of the web-site in a minimum of 5 main languages (English, Italian, French, Greek and Russian). To develop the knowledge of the Be Safe Net at least at European Level. Therefore, to start up make co operational the knowledge testing in English.
2017 : To reach the aim of the website which is to become an educational tool in the hands of teachers, focusing at risk prevention, preparedness, immediate reaction and rehabilitation. In line with that, a multilingual testing knowledge should be created. Furthermore, in order to improve attractiveness and visibility we move towards the updated design of the website in line with modern approach
2016-2017: BESAFENET OLYMPIAD
The goal of BeSafeNet Olympiad is to test the knowledge gained from the BeSafeNet website. This will reflect the effectiveness of the website in terms of awareness raising, promoting a culture of safety, disseminating knowledge to a multi lingual society, and acting as an interactive tool.
Preventive information and education for fighting against the effects of natural disasters
Leader of the project: ECMNR; Partners: ECRP, ECBR
Link to the project presentation
“Building a Culture of prevention: the important role of the Exercises in school establishments together with the annual National campaigns”.
Leader of the project: ECRP; Partners: ECBR, ECFF, ECMNR, TESEC, ECTR, ECNTRM, CEMEC, CRSTRA
Link to the project presentation
Development of the Methodology for teaching the course: “Basic knowledge on safe life activities basis” for public school teachers
Leader of the project: ECRM