Disaster Education for Integrating SFDRR and SDG in Asia

Project objective
This project will co-develop model multidisciplinary post-graduate course curricula on disaster risk management and sustainable development through disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development education capacity assessments among the Higher Education Institute (HEI) network. The project will identify and map the DRR interventions in the Asian region contributing to sustainable development. One of the major outcomes of the project will be building academic alliances for promoting the sustainability paradigm in postgraduate education and research for disaster resilience through a DRR curriculum workshop, webinar and international conference.

The global DRR community has always put education as one of the top priorities as articulated from the Yokohoma strategy and continued so on. As a result of that momentum, it was reported in the 2013 Global Assessment report that 72% of the reporting countries had integrated disaster education within their national education curriculum. One of the biggest challenges in Disaster Education is the attitude towards higher education as well as lack of disaster prevention courses in the formal educational curriculum. The other challenges are lack of professional training for the educator with a fast-changing multidisciplinary technical domain for effective linkages between the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The unique amalgamation of disaster education and sustainable development in the Asian region is a vital need to develop the cross-cutting education system, particularly in a vulnerable region. The project will provide a unique cross-learning platform by conducting a webinar with the experts from project partner countries including the other members of the Higher Education Institute on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (HEI-DRSD) developed through the ProSPER.Net project ‘Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development Education Network in Asia‘ led by the Asian Institute of Technology (2018-2019). The present project focuses more on the co-development of Model Multidisciplinary Post-Graduate Course Curriculum on Disaster Risk Management and Sustainable Development, which is suitable for the Asian region in terms of achieving the various SDGs through Disaster Education. The project will also develop a Faculty / Student exchange scheme to provide an impetus for resource and knowledge sharing, information exchange and creates an atmosphere of intellectual camaraderie among members that could lead to joint research and other academic activities in the long run.

Project leader
Asian Institute of Technology

Project members
Keio University
Miyagi University of Education
Andalas University
Universitas Gadjah Mada