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Preparing for the Worst: Volcanic-Awareness Programme for Schools

For many small-island countries, one important issue at the interface of education, science, culture and communication is the following: How can scientific knowledge and understanding, local content and the use of local languages be woven together in the warp and the weft of the educational tissue of the country?

One example of a response to this generic challenge is a volcano-awareness programme for schools on Niuafo’ou Island in the Kingdom of Tonga, undertaken as part of UNESCO’s activities on natural disaster preparedness and prevention. Niuafo’ou is a still active volcanic island, whose periodic eruptions (e.g. in 1867, 1886, 1912, 1929, 1935-1936, 1943, 1946, 1985) led to the destruction of many plantations and individual villages. As a result of the 1946 eruption, Niuafo’ou was evacuated, with the government finally allowing the islanders to return home in 1958.

Informing the young people of their volcanic heritage – and preparing for future hazards – has been approached through a project sponsored by the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia. A series of innovative learning materials have been prepared and tested, including a teacher/student resource booklet and four large format posters. These materials provide information on volcanoes in general and on Niuafo’ou in particular, and suggest educational and learning activities such as an evacuation game, community mapping and discussions on response strategies in the event of future eruptions.

For an example of the learning materials, see the section on ‘Environment and natural resources’ in Island Agenda 2004+. A printed version of the learning materials is under preparation, with the support of New Zealand. For further information, contact Hans Thulstrup at UNESCO-Apia: 'hans at unesco.org.ws'



 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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