Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)Volume 3 Number 4 (2011)
Need and Importance of DRR Education in the Context of Pakistan
Pakistan has been a frequent victim of disasters, causing enormous damages to livelihoods. The damages caused by disasters to livelihood assets could be reduced by prioritizing investments for strengthening livelihoods assets. By placing human capital on the top priority of investment, a multiplier effect of investment could be observed, which is only possible if DRR education is used as a tool. The interdisciplinary natured DRR education, which is to be, directed both via formal and non-formal education is to be adapted via a two prong strategy across the country. In the first step, the DRR education could be made an integral part of the total curricula through infusion strategy. In the second step DRR education would be introduced as a separate discipline, which would most suitably be at the universities level. This would give birth to a special cadre specifically trained in DRR. This two prong strategywill enable our youth to achieve an integral perception of the disaster risk reduction in the beginning and slowly and gradually will understand its specific nature in rational manner for the present and in the future.However, integrating disastermanagement education at all levels would certainly be facing some key challenges, for instance lack of information & awareness, capacity building, priority setting and institutional structure etc. This paper evaluates the need and importance of DRR education in Pakistan. The first section gives a brief outline of the concept of DRR and DRR education. The second section looks at the current status of DRR education in Pakistan. The third section evolves the integration strategy for DRR education whereas conclusions and recommendations are given in the final section.
Keywords: DRR education, Livelihoods, Strategy.