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Haiti - Environment : Educating students to deal with natural disasters
08/02/2022 08:37:25

Haiti - Environment : Educating students to deal with natural disasters
The Ministry of National Education informs of the creation of an Awareness and Education Commission of 10 members whose mandate is to coordinate interventions in schools in order to prevent behavior that could endanger the lives of students, teachers and administrative staff during major natural hazards.

Due to Haiti's high vulnerability to major natural hazards, it is essential to educate children and young people so that they master the steps to take, the actions to take to save their lives and those of their loved ones, underlined the geologist Prépetit who detailed with pedagogy the level of seismic risk for Great Far North and the southern peninsula.

This Commission will work in close collaboration with the General Directorate of Civil Protection, as provided for in the National Risk Management Plan 2019-2030.

Members of the Commission:

  • Engineering Geologist Claude Prépetit, Coordinator, representative of the National Scientific and Curriculum Reform Commission;
  • Jean Henri Télémaque, representative of the Risk and Disaster Management Unit (GRD);
  • Erold Joseph, representative of the School Health Department;
  • Oscar Joseph, representative of Educational Radio;
  • Michael Sainbertil, representative of the National School of Applied Geology (ENGA);
  • Ms Katiana Joseph, representative of the National School of Applied Geology;
  • Herold Latortue, representative of the Departmental Directorates of Education Coordination Unit (UCDDE);
  • Franck Wilbert Georges, representative of the Training and Development Department;
  • Idson Saint-Fleur, representative of the Communications Office;
  • Jean Gregory Calixte, representative of the Office of the Secretary of State for Literacy (BSEA).

In his communication "Contextualization of the seismic risk in Haiti and the main challenges for the education sector", Prépetit explains how the recent earthquakes panicked many students in the Nippes, and several had to be admitted to the hospital, the same situation was observed in other departments.

In his opinion, it is necessary to address the problem of the vulnerability of the educational community through preventive information which must reach students and teachers. During these training and practice sessions, students and teachers will learn, among other things, how to put together an emergency kit, create emergency aids and master what to do to extract a person from the rubble.

According to Jean Henri Télémaque, head of the Risk and Disaster Management Unit at the MENFP, and member of the said commission, schools will also be encouraged to have a team of first aiders capable of introducing students and teachers to actions that can save the life.

At the same time, the school buildings will be subject to supervision with regard to the standards drawn up by the School Engineering and the Ministry of Public Works.

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