Research Consultancy on Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula in South Asian and South East Asian Countries for Plan Sweden
David Selby and Fumiyo Kagawa are undertaking a December 2013/January 2014 research consultancy for Plan Sweden into disaster risk reduction (DRR) pre-school, school and post-secondary curricula in five South Asian and South East Asian countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The research involves reviewing DRR developments across the curriculum and through the grade levels as well as inter-linkages between DRR curriculum, teaching and learning and other components of a comprehensive approach to DRR in school and community (in particular safe school management and safe school infrastructural developments). A better understanding of how development agencies are contributing – and might in the future contribute – to DRR curriculum development is an anticipated outcome of the research.
Research methodologies include:
- An initial snowball sampling process to map out key players and stakeholders in DRR curriculum development in the five countries
- A literature search and review of academic and professionally-oriented literature relating to disaster risk reduction education in the five countries and regionally
- Individual and focus group interviews with experts, key players and stakeholders in disaster risk reduction curriculum development in the five countries and regionally
- An online fact finding and perspective garnering questionnaire
- A Delphi Forecasting exercise on the future potential role of development agencies in fostering systematic DRR curriculum development.
The paper resulting from the research will be fed by Plan Sweden into the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report (GAR15) process that is to precede and inform the adoption of a successor global framework to the 2005-15 Hyogo Framework for Action on disaster risk reduction.