Education for Young People

Western Australia DRANZSEN Forum


9:30am - 3:00pm , 05 June 2018



"For a resilient nation, all members of the community need to understand their role in minimising the impacts of disasters, and hence the relevant knowledge skills and abilities to take appropriate action"

National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

This forum is an opportunity for education sector workers and community members to increase their understanding and knowledge in disaster resilience education (DRE) and emergency management in Western Australian schools.

The program will include presentations and workshops from organisations including the Department of Education, Department of Fire & Emergency Services and the Australian Red Cross, who will provide information and training on:

  • resources and support for DRE in schools
  • curriculum connection, and age-appropriate key messages for bushfire education.

Special guest presenter Dr Briony Towers will share her key research findings from The Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Project.

Who should attend?

  • School staff interested in improving school emergency management and preparedness, and promoting DRE
  • Emergency service representatives involved in community education who want to learn more about DRE
  • Representatives from the Department of Education, Catholic Education, and the independent schools sector
  • Subject-specific teacher associations, other agencies and affiliated organisations

Disaster resilience education

Disaster resilience education (DRE) enables young people to build knowledge, skills and confidence to problem solve and take action before, during and after a disaster event. DRE supports the development of a culture of safety and preparedness that aims to protect communities and reduce vulnerability to the potentially devastating impact of a disaster.

AIDR Education for Young People Program

The Education for Young People Program supports the implementation of effective and sustainable disaster resilience education initiatives which empower and give a voice to young people throughout Australia.

The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) seeks to:

  • communicate a shared understanding of DRE connected to international frameworks and relevant to an Australian context
  • build the capacity of teachers and other educators to deliver effective and sustainable DRE to young people, informed by contemporary research and aligned with the Australian Curriculum
  • provide a forum for schools, emergency management agencies and community organisations in the network to share knowledge, good practice and strategic objectives related to DRE
  • facilitate networking and collaboration between stakeholders in the design and delivery of new DRE initiatives.