A June 2022 survey found that 92% of Dominicans still see climate change as a real threat. 53% have ‘strongly experienced’ its effects personally, and 76% are worried about future threats. Most Dominicans believe that not enough is being done to combat climate change, yet 80% of the population feels a personal responsibility to act.
With incremental but steady economic growth anticipated over the next four years, it is crucial to maintain sustainable and climate-resilient growth and recovery. IsraAID continues to partner with the government, educational institutions, and other key partners to build climate resilience and reduce the risk of future disasters in Dominica through education and livelihood programs, from the youngest to the oldest members of the population across the whole island.
DRR education for early childhood development (ECD)
Kay and Kelan can Prepare for Different Hazards, our new activity book for children aged 3-5
Following the success of 'Kay and Kelan Prepare for a Hurricane in 2020,' we have produced another book, this time covering multiple hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, volcanoes, and fires. We piloted the book in four schools and will soon distribute it to all ECD centers on the island. 'Kay and Kelan can Prepare for Different Hazards' includes a relatable story, creative activities, and important reminders to engage children in developing age-appropriate understanding. It is accompanied by a teachers’ manual and family emergency plan template, which guide caregivers to maximize this creative resource.
DRR and psychosocial support (PSS) workshops for ECD parents and teachers
In May-June, we held five DRR workshops and two PSS workshops for parents and teachers of ECD students in 17 schools, including the indigenous Kalinago Territory. 88% of participants increased their knowledge of hazards, vulnerabilities, and physical, emotional, and behavioral reactions to crises; all participants reported increased confidence in preparing and responding to disasters, including supporting others. One of the workshop sessions introduced parents and teachers to the activities in Kay and Kelan can Prepare for Different Hazards, so that they can maximize the book.
Volunteers from our long-term partners Youth Emergency Action Committee provided support and ran activities for children. We are planning further sessions with these teenage volunteers to continue important conversations on DRR, community resilience, and the role of youth.
Inclusive DRR for children with special educational needs
IsraAID has worked with the Ministry of Education, Office for Disaster Management, and Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica since 2018 to develop and refine School Emergency Operation Plans (SEOPs). We are now delivering inclusive DRR education and developing SEOPs for schools serving children with special educational needs (SEN). We launched in three schools in June, serving 53 students up to 16 years old with physical and intellectual disabilities.
We visited each school to meet students and staff and assess building sizes, layouts, and existing resources. We provided over 100 items like whistles, megaphones, fire extinguishers, solar lightbulbs, and Braille emergency exit signs. We distributed 61 Emergency Preparedness Toolkits from the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities, and 23 Hazards, Disasters, and Climate Change books to the schools and other key stakeholders. We are raising awareness of SEN children’s needs in emergencies and DRR.
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