multimedia educational proposal:
ABCDesastres: a strategy for action”
an educational tool thatpromotes knowledge of naturalrisk and disasters
among teachers and students.The overall environmental issue that this
tool addresses is natural disaster risk management. It is safe to say
that the level of
existing vulnerability in a given region is the element that will define
any disaster risk as the possibility of worsening or, on the
other hand, controlling a situation, so that it is possible to cope with,
reduce, and even prevent the impact of a natural
phenomenon from occurring. This proposal builds on the goals that UNESCO
and UNDP established in 1978: “To help individuals and communities
understand the complex nature of the natural and the built environments
resulting from the interaction of their biological, physical, social,
economic, and cultural aspects, and acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes,
and practical skills to participate in a responsible and effective way
in anticipating and solving environmental problems, and in the management
of the quality of the environment.”Other goals of this proposal
include the creation of spaces to exchange knowledge and experience with
the purpose of
promoting broad-based citizen participation; and the development of educational
strategies for an environmental lifestyle
Through the systematized
implementation of this material in both formal and non-formal education
(downstream effect), it is
¿ also possible to promote strategies for action to be developed in potential
risk situations. It is also possible to acquire knowledge in the field
of risk and disaster prevention. “
ABCDesastres” builds on the participation of all key players, as
part of an educational communication proposal. It must be considered that
every disaster is unique, their effects are d i fferent and each affected
region has specific social, economic, political and sanitary conditions.
For this reason, it is important to establish common actions for preparedness.
In order to achieve this goal, we must acquire knowledge so that we are
trained to become more effective.
This proposal includes issues related to problem-based learning and anchored
instruction. Along these lines, information and communication technologies
(TIC) serve as tools that support cognitive learning, and contribute
to establish a new
means by which both teachers and student can have access to information
and knowledge. New technologies challenge the traditional way of developing
education material, as well as the methodology and approaches of current
teaching and learning processes. This material is available on CERIDE’s
webpage and in CD. The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and UNICEF has
provided support for the development of this tool.
A multidisciplinary team:Social communication area: CERIDE (Regional
Research and Development Center), Santa Fe, Argentina:
- Graciela Mir: Environmental projects. Master’s degree in Environmental
- Lautaro Massa:
Professional in social communication. Emphasis on cultural, educational
and scientific communication.
- Maximilano Espíndola:
Malicia: Professional in graphic design.
- Enrique Rabe:
Professional in social communication. Emphasis on scientific journalism.
For additional information please contact:
Graciela Mir - Social Comunication Area- CERIDE