DOHA, Qatar, Mar 1 – Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), is pursuing the second version of its ‘Safe School’ programme, for the academic year 2015-2016, to educate school students and staff, on how to deal with earthquakes.

During the first semester of the current academic year, the programme served 10,304 trainees from 18 schools, including 8,565 students of different stages of education and 1,739 teachers, administrative staff and supervisors.

As such, the total number of beneficiaries from 2013 till 2015 hits 29,022 people from 49 schools across the country.

QRCS is planning to expand the programme’s scope to cover more schools, in pursuit of the strategy of community capacity building, in the field of preparedness, as a national priority of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Funded and implemented by QRCS, in coordination with the managements of the host schools, the programme is conducted every Sunday at a different school, applying an all-day theoretical and practical training scheme, with two breaks.

The objectives of the programme are to promote a culture of safe behaviour and societal risk management, in order to prevent, reduce, or properly deal with risks, by developing practical experience and skills among youngsters, teaching them general concepts of disaster risk reduction, and letting them practice emergency plans and evacuation rules very seriously, as if they were facing a real disaster.

This will help produce a whole generation of Qataris, who have the highest level of disaster preparedness.

The programme syllabus also covers topics in relation to the safety and security of society members, such as first aid and social psychological support for the victims of earthquakes.

It raises awareness of the importance of environment protection among schoolchildren, teachers, administrative staff, bus supervisors, and even parents (through the students themselves), urging them to adopt safe behaviour

as a lifestyle and feel a sense of responsibility for themselves and for others.

Source: QNA