Children in disaster prone countries call for safer school buildings

Children in countries likely to be affected by natural disasters say maintaining their education after an emergency is their main priority, according to UN research.

Fifth-grade students in Japan

More than 600 children in 21 countries were surveyed and the results are being presented to the UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, meeting in Geneva this week.

Every year 175 million children are affected by climate-related disasters, but Dr Agnes Chan, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, says safer school buildings can make a difference.

Speaking at briefing in Geneva, she said many children survived the Japanese tsunami because they were still at school, and Japanese schools are built very carefully:

“The structures are usually the sturdiest structure in town, especially in rural areas – in the areas that’s being hit by the Tsunami this time. They’re built in concrete, at least three stories high, and with open grounds around them. Schools are actually designated shelters when disasters hit. So this time, some of the schools are washed away but many, but most of the schools actually remain standing and they become shelters for the displaced.”

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