Natural and human-elicited disasters adversely affect hundreds of millions of people every year, worldwide. Therefore, in an effort to minimize the impact on vulnerable people, ASA Foundation has set up sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education development programs for schools and communities aimed at protecting livelihoods and infrastructure, increasing communities’ resilience, and most importantly saving lives. ASA Foundation believes that DRR is important for social and economic development, and is essential if development is to be sustainable for the future.
Since 2005, ASA Foundation has been working with Caritas Germany, CRS, Muslim Aid and Handicap International across urban and rural areas of Aceh (post-tsunami), together with Central and West Java (post-earthquakes) in Indonesia to provide leadership in coordinating school and community programs designed to increase DRR awareness, provide linkages to essential resources, conduct DRR education, and build sustainable relationships with local government partners for DRR programs.
ASA Foundation delivers the DRR education through Training of Trainer (ToT) and Youth Development (YD) participatory learning workshops, digital learning platforms and inclusive Edu-Sports training activities for vulnerable male and female youth together with adult community member and teacher beneficiaries with and without disabilities in schools and communities.
The overall goals of implementing the ASA Foundation DRR education development projects are as follows:
- Improve the frequency and quality of DRR education lessons in schools and communities that will have a positive impact on children’s learning outcomes and save lives.
- Improve the capacity of male and female community members, school teachers, principals and school supervisors to deliver DRR education programs for children, especially females.
- Engage both boys and girls in organized DRR Awareness activities, by providing a safe, open and inclusive environment in which to learn.