UNESCO to help emergency relief for Indonesia with assistance in heritage, education and communicationUNESCO is to provide Indonesia with assistance in emergency heritage preservation, education and post trauma support for children, as well as communication, in the aftermath of the earthquake of 27 May that killed thousands of people on the island of Java.
UNESCO’s participation in the international relief effort is included in the Indonesia Earthquake Response Plan, which was presented to donors in Geneva on 2 June. The Plan has been devised to raise funds from international donors to meet the Indonesian authorities’ request for emergency to communities affected by the earthquake.
UNESCO’s participation, which will require $930,000, will focus on:
The programme for “Emergency protection of Prambanan and cultural heritage of Yogyakarta” will assess damage, and remaining risks, for the 10th century Prambanan Temple Compounds which were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991. It will furthermore plan actions for the safeguarding of Prambanan as well as other sites affected by the earthquake; and implement measures for emergency rehabilitation. It will be implemented with the Department for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.
“Community emergency education and trauma counselling services for children in the earthquake-affected areas” a programme which foresees the establishment of children’s summer camps – that will provide learning and recreation and support the reintegration of children, particularly girls, around their schools and/or community centres. It will help take care of the school age children during school vacation and post-earthquake early recovery period and provide counselling and healing to traumatized children through educational, cultural and recreational activities. Another area of focus is support for teachers and training members of the community to help them organize non-formal education for school children. The programme will target 1,000 children aged 5 to 15, 50 teachers, and 50 youth volunteers or students in Yogyakarta, Bantul and Klaten districts. It will be implemented with the Indonesian Government, local authorities, NGOs, Communities and other stakeholders.
Finally, UNESCO will provide “Emergency support to access to information in earthquake affected areas” so as to strengthen local radio coverage on the emergency through the training of journalists and broadcasters. The programme will also procure and distribute radio receivers. The beneficiaries of the programme number more than 5,000 people in aid centres; 60 broadcasters; and 20 radio stations.