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Education for Young People

AIDR’s Disaster Resilience Education Program for primary and secondary school students focuses on developing and implementing a consistent national approach to fundamental disaster resilience. The program acknowledges the importance of equipping students to make informed decisions and be active in their communities when confronted with emergencies and disasters. The program is informed by leading organisations and technical expertise across a range of disaster-related areas.

AIDR recognises existing resilience education across Australian schools. However, existing education is largely focused on skills and knowledge in relation to specific disasters. The Disaster Resilience Education Program supports schools to build and deliver broader resilience education across teaching programs.

The Disaster Resilience Education Program has two key objectives:

  • to develop a common context and framework for the delivery of disaster resilience education in Australian schools
  • to strengthen the capacity of the education sector to deliver resilience education to young people.

The program operates in three tiers:

  • A national Disaster Resilience Education Strategy Group (DRESG)

DRESG provides strategic leadership to support evidence-based education policy development, and identifies opportunities to support staff and volunteers in the education sector with relevant professional development.

  • Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network state and territory forums (DRANZSEN)

DRANZSEN forums provide guidance to equip the education sector to strategically implement of disaster resilience education with confidence and consistency. DRANZSEN forums in each state and territory bring together representatives from the education faculties of universities; federal, state and local governments; schools; professional associations; emergency management and community agencies; and other organisations; incorporating New Zealand emergency services agencies.

Continuity between DRESG and the DRANZSEN forums is supported by an annual national forum where a DRESG speaker shares updates on outcomes of disaster resilience education strategy.

For more information, and to explore teaching resources, visit the Education for Young People website