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Training to Equip for Future Natural Disasters

by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby

A technical and vocational education training course on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction will soon be rolled out for the rural training centres of Vanuatu.

The training is funded by European Union, who have been supporting and providing humanitarian assistance in disaster preparedness and emergency relief when a disaster strikes. 

In its support, the organisation has funded this training to educate different participating trainers on climate changes and to equip them for preparations for the future.

The training is believed to be the first of its kind for the region and is based on a package consisting of seven different certified units of competencies.

Each of the given units will have a competency outline, a facilitator guide and a learner guide and workbook to help the participants.

With exposure to a lot of natural disasters, the training is seen as an opportunity to raise awareness on disaster risk reduction, and to equip the locals on the necessary knowledge and tools in preparations should any future disaster strike.

According to SPC/GIZ’s Advisor on Climate Change and Education, Daniel Gerecke, “if successful, this training package could be adapted by PacTVET to meet other countries’ specific industry needs, competency requirements and unit standards.”

The training package has been adapted to suit Vanuatu’s context, and all its resources are available in English and French, with a glossary of key terms in Bislama.

Participants include trainers from the 31 Rural Training Centres of Vanuatu.

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