UN / TSUNAMI TILLY SMITH

03-Nov-2005
Tilly Smith, the schoolgirl who saved more than a hundred people on a beach in Thailand when the tsunami hit, visited the United Nations in New York today. UN ISDR

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STORY: UN / TILLY SMITH
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DATELINE: 3 NOVEMBER 2005, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT, SURREY ENGLAND / FILE
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FILE: BANDA ACEH, JANUARY 2005
1. Various shots, people walking and picking through rubble
FILE: RECENT, TILLY'S SCHOOL, DANESHILL SCHOOL, OXSHOTT, SURREY ENGLAND
2. Wide shot, Tilly walking towards camera at school
3. Med shot, Tilly and friends at school
3 NOVEMBER 2005, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY
4. Wide shot, exterior United Nations building
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tilly Smith:
"I told my Mom again and again and I was hysterical at this moment, saying, there is going to be a Tsumani, there is definitively going to be a tsunami......you know, just believe me! So then, I was now literally crying because she wouldn't get off the beach."
FILE: RECENT, TILLY'S SCHOOL, DANESHILL SCHOOL, OXSHOTT, SURREY ENGLAND, SURREY ENGLAND
6. Wide shot, Tilly with schoolmates and teacher at school garden
3 NOVEMBER 2005, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tilly Smith:
"I think that children need to know what happens when tsunami comes and what they need to do when any natural hazard comes, when a natural disaster comes. So for like, if there is an earthquake, they need to hide under a table so they protect themselves and not only children, adults as well because maybe they weren't taught when they were younger and they need to know to teach their children maybe."
RECENT, TILLY'S SCHOOL, DANESHILL SCHOOL, OXSHOTT, SURREY ENGLAND, SURREY ENGLAND
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Kearney, Tilly's teacher:
" The power of education is the difference between success and failure, life and death in this case and there's nothing to substitute if for. Without education, I think people are powerless, with education as can be seen here they are very powerful in terms of directing their own lives."
9. Wide shot, girls walking at school
3 NOVEMBER 2005, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Salvano Braceño, Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN ISDR):
"Education doesn't have to be only through the schools, it also informal and nonformal, means that are important. But what is important, is to inform, to develop the knowledge and to make children understand the impact of these hazards."
RECENT, TILLY'S SCHOOL, DANESHILL SCHOOL, OXSHOTT, SURREY ENGLAND, SURREY ENGLAND
11. Pan right, Tilly walking with classmates
STORYLINE:
Over the past two years, a record number of people have been killed in disasters across the world. As we approach the anniversary of the 26 December tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the evidence is clear that education can dramatically reduce this human toll.
A young English survivor of the Indian Ocean disaster brought this message to the United Nations in New York today. Tilly Smith, a schoolgirl who saved more than a hundred people on a beach in Thailand by simply recognizing that a tsunami was happening, met the United Nations Special Envoy for the Tsunami Recovery, former US President Bill Clinton.
President Clinton received Tilly as part of his activities in support of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and his task of promoting risk reduction efforts by governments of affected and disaster-prone countries.
Tilly had a geography lesson on tsunamis two weeks before going on holiday to Pukhet in Thailand. Tilly wanted to convey this message because she hopes her experience will help raise awareness about the importance of disaster education.
The United Nations has taken the opportunity of Tilly's visit to New York to draw attention to the importance of making schools more resilient in disaster-prone countries and to integrate disaster risk reduction into school curricula.
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