AIDR Education for Young People

2021 National DRANZSEN Forum


11.00am-01.00pm (AEST), 01 September 2021


Free to attend

"Disasters impact human rights. Resilience protects social progress. Practicing resilience is about anticipating, planning, and action so countries are strong enough to face disaster, children continue going to school, people do not unnecessarily die, become ill or homeless, and gender gaps do not widen further."

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction: Covid-19 Response

The Disaster Resilience Australia New Zealand Schools Education Network (DRANZSEN) brings together representatives from education and emergency services, NGOs, universities, local government, and community groups. Event participants will explore effective models of disaster resilience education and supporting research with a focus on enabling young people to be ‘agents of change’.

The 2021 National DRANZSEN Forum will explore:

  • Educational program design and interactive technology
  • DRE as a catalyst for increasing women in STEM
  • International perspectives on DRE
  • Youth voice and school-based interventions


Who should attend?

  • School leadership teams and educators interested in programs to reduce risk and build resilience in their local communities.
  • Emergency service representatives in youth and community education interested in developing their practice and collaborating with others.
  • Classroom teachers interested in developing content knowledge and awareness of resources and networks.
  • Teaching associations, state and federal government education department representatives, and other affiliated organisations.


Disaster resilience education

Disaster Resilience Education (DRE) promotes a vision of young Australians who are empowered to participate as active members in skilled and resilient communities, working to reduce the risk of disaster. DRE equips young Australians with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take protective action before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.


AIDR Education for Young People Program

The Education for Young People Program fosters the development of disaster resilience education as a vital component in children and young people’s learning. The program provides strategic support to the education sector and youth-focused organisations, developing knowledge, skills, and opportunities for young people to participate in community safety initiatives before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

The Disaster Resilience Australia New Zealand Schools 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
  • facilitate networking and collaboration between stakeholders in the design and delivery of new DRE initiatives.
  • provide a platform for youth perspectives, experiences and solutions related to disaster risk reduction and resilience.


Our Presenters:

What about the children? Amplifying children’s voices and natural resilience after disaster
Dani Brunton, Emergency Response Manager and Reem Hasib, Operations Manager (NSW, VIC, SA), Save the Children Australia


Interaction design technology for children to learn safe behaviour in natural emergency situations
Mehrnoosh Mirzaei, Phd Candidate, Queensland University of Technology


WaNavi Japan, Earthquake Preparedness in Japan
Beth Yokohara, Director, WaNavi Japan


The case for building resilience in our children in the context of increasingly frequent and intense disasters
Chris Anderson, Bushfire Recovery Program Clinical Coordinator, Royal Far West and Oliver White, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations, UNICEF Australia


Connecting the dots between community flood education and advancing women in STEM
Catherine Walker, Regional Manager, NSW, Water Modelling Solutions


Learner agency in bushfire education: An explanatory case study from Harkaway Primary School, Victoria
Dr Briony Towers, Founder and Co-director, LEADRRR (Learning Ecologies for Action on DRR and resilience) and Mr Leigh Johnson, Principal, Harkaway Primary School


Handbook Showcase: Disaster Resilience Education for Young People

Please join us after the National DRANZSEN Forum for the launch of the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook from 2.00-3.00pm (AEST). Hear from leading Australian experts as they unpack the principles and practice of disaster resilience education for young people.

Register for this event by visiting the Disaster Resilience Education for Young People Handbook Showcase.