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  • Niñas en simulacro de tsunami en la Institución Educativa Heroínas Toledo, en Lima, Perú

Latin America is a diverse in its social, cultural and geographic characteristics, where natural and socio-natural phenomena like earthquakes, storms, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, etc. take place. These characteristics, associated with conditions of vulnerability like high levels of poverty, deficient education and health services, along with insufficient space for social articulation and participation in development processes, generate high-risk conditions.

This combination is reflected in several major disasters in the region: hurricane Mitch in Central America (1999), the successive rains caused by the El Niño phenomenon in South America, the earthquakes in Peru (2007) and Haiti (2009), and the earthquake and tsunami in Chile (2010), to name a few.

In addition to these major events, the region experiences small scale disasters, or “silent” disasters: floods, landslides, frosts and droughts do not have a visible national or international impact, but they are a source of significant destabilization of local economies, worsening the conditions of poverty that the most vulnerable people live in.

For this reason, there is a need to strengthen action in risk reduction through the education sector, , through actions that seek sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations, to reduce the risks they face from disasters, and to strengthen their capacities to adequately prepare and respond to emergencies.

As part of this challenge, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago is working together with Latin American and Caribbean countries to raise their awareness, mobilising and committing them to fulfilling the objective of the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, basing themselves on the four pillars of education (learning to be; learning to do; learning to know; learning to live together): quality education for all and lifelong learning.

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Strengthening of the Regional Tsunami Early Warning System: preparations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

News

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  • 24-05-2013
Techniques for integrating disaster risk reduction in education in the Caribbean will be discussed in seminar
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  • 03-04-2013
La UNESCO contribuye a la reducción del riesgo frente a tsunamis en las escuelas de Chile
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  • 17-01-2013
New publication: Chile 2012 disaster risk analysis
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  • 16-01-2013
Analysis of disaster risk conditions in Chile
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  • 19-12-2012
Education Ministry of Chile wins contest for best practice in disaster preparedness
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  • 03-12-2012
Facing tsunamis in the South-East Pacific together
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  • 24-10-2012
La UNESCO evalúa positivamente el primer simulacro binacional Chile-Perú de sismo y tsunami
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  • 15-10-2012
Regional Network of Students on Tsunami Alert
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  • 14-10-2012
Diploma Course on Tsunamis on the Pacific Coast of South America: Scientific groundings, threats and vulnerability
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  • 12-10-2012
Astrid Hollander, Especialista de programa en Educación en Situaciones de Emergencia: los niños y las niñas son excelentes multiplicadores de la educación sobre el riesgo de desastres
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  • 05-10-2012
Workshop on strengthening tsunami response planning and evacuation drills in Ecuador
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  • 04-10-2012
Estudiantes líderes en preparativos ante tsunamis se reúnen en Bogotá
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  • 11-09-2012
The South American countries along the Southeast Pacific are prepared to connect their tsunami warning systems
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  • 28-08-2012
Project coordinated by UNESCO provides online educational material for tsunami preparation
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  • 25-07-2012
Postulaciones hasta el 10 de agosto:
Consultor/a para la evaluación externa del proyecto DIPECHO de la UNESCO
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  • 26-06-2012
National tsunami warning protocol in Peru
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  • 25-05-2012
Workshop to strengthen Colombia’s Tsunami Warning and Response System was held in Bogotá
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  • 11-05-2012
Consultor/a para Procedimientos Operacionales Estándar regionales de Tsunami, en Colombia, Chile, Ecuador y Perú
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  • 09-05-2012
The “Students on Tsunami Alert” contest for Chile was launched in Iquique
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  • 25-04-2012
UNESCO launches sub-regional competition “Students on Tsunami Alert”
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  • 27-03-2012
UNESCO organized the Third National Workshop for tsunami capacity strengthening
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  • 09-01-2012
Peru to hold national workshop to strengthen its tsunami early warning system
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  • 18-10-2011
Educational authorities commit themselves to strengthening education to reduce disaster risk
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Documents

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Newsletter
UNESCO DIPECHO 7 project
Strengthening the Regional Tsunami Early Warning System – preparations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru”
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Multimedia

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Entrevista con Alvaro de Vicente, de ECHO
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Contacts

Mrs. Astrid Hollander - OREALC/UNESCO Santiago
  • Programme Specialist in Education for Sustainable Development, Technical and Vocational Education and Education in Emergency Situations
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