© Comoros Ministry of Education
Comoros Red Crescent (CoRC) and the Comoros Ministry of Education have consolidated their cooperation by signing a partnership agreement to support CoRC’s school-based outreach on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement sees schools as key drivers for disaster risk reduction education and training. Prevention efforts carried out with young people encourage development of a long-term risk awareness, and make it easier for them to understand climate change and related risks.
In this respect, the partnership agreement signed in Moroni between the Ministry and CoRC will help reinforce the latter’s role as an auxiliary to the public authorities by highlighting its work in preventive education, which is complementary to the public education system. The scope of this cooperation covers various areas:
- Water, hygiene, and the fight against epidemics in schools
- Climate change and disaster risk
- Citizenship and volunteer involvement
- Educational facilities and infrastructure
- Skills development (disaster risk, healthcare, etc.) for Ministry focal points at all levels
An educational project supported by the French Red Cross
The French Red Cross (FRC) has been present in the Union of the Comoros since 2000 as an active partner of CoRC. One of its main initiatives has been a project to strengthen the resilience of local communities in the context of climate change. This cooperation has led them to jointly write a textbook on disaster risk reduction entitled Protecting myself by understanding natural disaster risks. The schoolbook aims to help teachers educate pupils aged 9 and upwards about the natural risks present in the archipelago.
This project has been implemented thanks to support from the European Union through the INTERREG programme, the French Development Agency, the Prefecture of Mayotte, and the Departmental Council of Mayotte.
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