Education for Young People Program

Victoria DRANZSEN Forum


12:00pm - 4:45pm, 17 October 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, 2011

The forum offers an unparalleled opportunity to interact with your fellow services and education sector colleagues. The program incorporates discussion and activities based on local needs. Participants will explore contemporary practice for authentic, collaborative disaster resilience education (DRE) in school communities. 

The Victorian Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) Forum will explore:

  • current research initiatives in DRE
  • community partnerships and disaster risk reduction at Timboon P-12 School
  • curriculum-linked inquiry learning and student action for community resilience
  • Call Push Shock – Ambulance Victoria
  • network updates and opportunities, including Black Saturday memorialisation.

Who should attend?

  • School leadership teams and staff interested in developing partnerships to reduce risk and build resilience in their local community.
  • Emergency service representatives involved in youth and community education who want to share practice and collaborate with others.
  • 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.