Inaugural Session for the three day Online Content Orientation Training Programme on “CHILD CENTRIC DISASTER RISK REDUCTION” (22nd, 23rd & 24th September 2021) was held on 22nd September, 2021. It is jointly organised by Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University & Child Centric Disaster Risk Reduction Centre, National Institute of Disaster Management, Government of India. Inauguration was attended by Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Vice Chancellor, Manipur University who briefly highlighted the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” adopted at the 3rd UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015 which outlines 4 priorities to prevent or reduce disaster risks: (i) Understanding disaster risk; (ii) Strengthening governance to manage disaster risk; (iii) Investing in disaster reduction for resilience and; (iv) Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response. He slso mentioned that Child Centric Disaster Risk Reduction can be a long-term strategy for sustainable and resilient development for the current and future generations to cope with natural disasters and climate change.
Major General M. K. Bindal, Executive Director, NIDM, Governmnent of India has also graced the function with his presence. Prof. W. Chandbabu Singh, Registrar, Manipur University highlighted the vulnerability of Children during and post disaster and the trauma of children experienced due to disaster. He also added steps of disaster mitigation and rehabilitation of disaster affected children. Prof. Santosh Kumar, Head of Department, Child Centric Disaster Risk Reduction, National Institute of Disaster Management, Government of India focused on the roles and functions for CCDRR, NIDM, Government of India and talked about the impact of disaster on children and need to find out the strategies to cope with disasters and emergencies. Prof. T. Inaobi Singh , Dean, School of Education & Head, Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University, Mr. Ranjan Kumar & Dr. Kumar Raka, Programme Officer, CCDRR Centre, NIDM and Dr. Balu I, Co Ordinator of the programme, CCDRR Centre, NIDM, Government of India attended the program. Dr. Koijam Sobita Devi, Co Ordinator of the programme, Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University highlighted that children in difficult circumstances are prone to get exposed or engaged in unacceptable behaviours. It is extremely important to address their psychosocial needs in such difficult circumstances. She also mentioned about researches indicating confinement of children or social distancing during COVID-19 lockdown risks their mental health with anxiety, frustration and depression.
Dr. Naziya Hasan, and Dr Soram Sonia from Department of Teacher Education, Manipur University have also attended the function.
This three day training program aims to build knowledge, skills and perspectives towards child centric disaster risk reduction, identity the impact of disaster on children mainly their physical and mental health, find the process of mainstreaming child centric risk management, and understand the strategies for school safety with engagement of children and psychological understanding of children in disasters and emergencies.