DRR in school Curricular - Fighting to be heard

I have just come across this  interesting document addressing curricular based DRR - DRR_in_school_curricular.pdf . This site has DRR curricular developed for secondary school students which uses resources such as my www.edu4hazards.org website as a trigger and stimulus for learning about hazards and then how to respond. This includes getting students to make up and bring in Go-Bags. I have also written about this in detail in a paper I was the lead author on with Ilan Kelman, which examined how curricular could be included into secondary education in England and Wales. You can access this by clicking here.  It annoys me that unless you already have a PhD or are a government or NGO you just get ignored, not consulted or put aside when not part of a trend!

I have been teaching geography for ten years, have adapted curricular, have learned from my mistakes and now believe that transformative learning is the way forward, which does not rely on didactic teaching but engages, challenges and stretches students. This should be based in practical tasks and exercises rather than box ticking of a curriculum. This does not mean that learning is a crazy free-for-all with no real outcomes,but one rooted in learning theories that are not from the mainstream but acknowledges that people learn differently and allows them to do so. However, until the current politically motivated system of education which relies heavily on paperwork as 'proof' of teaching and learning alongside written examinations/testing/assessment is re-evaluated it is hard to imagine this as an outcome. 

My PhD studies are also leading me to examine transformative learning and this is where I am at currently. I will be looking at completing fieldwork later this year (October, November, December hopefully) and I will perhaps be looking towards some of our members to interview about their own transformative learning experiences with regard to preparedness, safety, DRR etc. Please do read and respond to this blog as I would like to hear about your experiences of fighting to be heard. Perhaps I am going about this the wrong way? Do let me know as sometimes it gets lonely running the network when no-one replies!! 

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