Fumiyo Kagawa and David Selby are undertaking an October to December 2014 consultancy for Save the Children (STC) as part of a DIPECHO project on school disaster management in Bangladesh to which a consortium of non-governmental organizations are contributing.
The consultancy involves a curriculum and textbook review called for by the Bangladesh National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) with the intention of feeding outcomes into the national curriculum review currently planned for 2015-17. The consultancy involves:
- Collecting and analyzing commentaries on the Bangladesh curriculum relating to the presence or potential addition of disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA), emergencies in education (EiE), school disaster management (SDM) and post-disaster learning and support in the curriculum
- Mapping and critically and creatively reviewing current DRR, CCA, EiE and SDM provision through the grade levels in the curriculum and textbooks
- Identifying opportunities for deepening and enriching DRR, CCA, EiE and SDM provision in the curriculum and textbooks, including opportunities to better enable child engagement in community capacity and resilience building
- Exploring and proposing means of embedding active and participatory DRR, CCA, EiE and SDM learning in the learning process, providing sample activities at pre-primary, primary, lower and upper secondary levels and showing how these can be integrated into textbooks
A thirty-page report will be written containing proposals and recommendations. The report together with the sample activities will be the focus of two one-day workshops (one primary, one secondary) for NCTB members, and orchestrated by STC, to be held in Dhaka in December 2014 and facilitated by the consultants.