In early 2020 Seychelles Red Cross developed a new resource to help teachers raise awareness and inform pupils about disaster risks.
With the support of its technical partners (Seychelles Department of Risks and Disaster Management, Seychelles Meteorological Authority, Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency), as well as the Ministry for Education, the Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) has written a textbook providing information about natural hazards in Seychelles.
Throughout the year teachers in all of the country’s primary schools will be trained to teach the content.
In addition, the Red Cross Society of Seychelles has developed a entertaining but educational board game called the ‘Disaster challenge game’ that allows both children and adults to better understand disaster risks and safety measures while having fun. In this ‘roll-and-move’ board game specially designed for the island nation, players follow the project’s mascot Tiko in his quest for knowledge. After drawing a ‘natural risk’ card they must try to answer questions, all the while learning information that will enable them to be well prepared in the event of a natural disaster.
The involvement of several local partners has helped ensure that the game has been tailored specifically to Seychelles’ issues and context. A life-size version will be created for public events run by Seychelles Red Cross and for schools.
First launched in 2017, the ‘Towards Safer and Resilient Community’ project is a joint initiative of the Red Cross Society of Seychelles and PIROI, aimed at strengthening the resilience of Seychelles’ population to natural disaster risks through implementation of disaster risk reduction activities.
The project has been operating since 2019 with financial support from the French Development Agency.