.Full description of project:
This is a project in which children will learn the importance of
human lives and how to survive from Natural Disasters
with students who have experienced earthquakes and other
In 1995, people in Hyogo, Japan experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji
Earthquake and suffered much damage. We realize the fear of
We learned the importance of human life and the importance of cooperation.
We can not stop natural disasters, however, we can decrease the
damage from them. This is what we learned through our
In this project, we are aiming at Empowering Children Against
To achieve this goal, we propose five topics to study:
1) What are natural disasters? (Natural Disasters in the past) A
2) Why they happen? (Mechanism of Natural Disasters) B
3) What can I do? (Protect yourself from damage)
4) What shall we do for tomorrow? (Plan for the future )
5) How can I help you? (Building a safer world; Caring)
Children make a group at their schools and then choose one or
more topics according to their interests.
Each school group decides its own project topics and goals.
During September to November, each group
carries out its project according to the topic chosen from five themes.
At the end of November, each group completes researches and
creates products such as presentation materials or a booklet.
While working for their projects, children and teachers join in
one or more forums out of five topics.
In the forum, children will discuss and share their knowledge of Natural Disasters.
For six months, children continue their study using the worldwide network of the disaster reduction education.
After the six months of collaborative learning, participants
have the Natural Disaster Youth Summit in
Hyogo, Japan, 25-28th of
March, 2005 as a presentation stage for their six months study.
On January 18th, 2005, as an
intermediate presentation of their own project, children have a
video conference globally through the Internet at
Awaji Yume Butai International Conference Center.
At the same time, there is an exhibition of pictures drawn by the
children in Bam, Iran, photos showing the life in Bam and the
messages to people suffering Niigata Chuetsu earthquake from all
over the world.
4.Age/level of project participants:
5.Timetable/schedule for 2004-2005:
Step one: Till September.
Inviting students and teachers who want to learn about natural
Step two: September
Choose one or more topics and starts a project.
Self introduction on forum.
Step three: October-December
Each group makes a product according to the selected topics.
Example of products:
Booklet, Presentation material, Website.
Step four: January - March
Discussion on the forum.
Practice of presentation.
Step five: March 25-28
Natural Disaster Youht Summit 2005.
Presentation of children’s works
Declaration of Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2005
6.Possible project/classroom activities:
Natural Disaster Prevention booklet, website, material of
Declaration of Natural Disaster Youth Summit,
8.Project contribution to others and the planet:
・Children will share their knowledge and will work as a
・They will help people in trouble as a global citizen.
・They will know how to save their lives from Natural
Japanese & other languages will be used as a supportive
Science, Social Study, Fine Art, Integrated study,
11.Names/email of initial participating groups:
12.Name of facilitator(s):
Natural Disaster Project Office
Yoshie Naya , Motoko Hirota,
Rie Saito, Kazuko Okamoto,
Masahiro Okuuchi, Hiroko Fukuda
Yoshiko Fukui, Yoshiko Murakami
13.Email of facilitator(s):
Natural Disaster Project Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoshie Naya : email@example.com
Motoko Hirota: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rie Saito: email@example.com
Kazuko Okamoto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Masahiro Okuuchi: email@example.com
Hiroko Fukuda: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoshiko Fukui: email@example.com
Yoshiko Murakami: firstname.lastname@example.org
14.iEARN Forum/Newsgroup where it will take place or is taking
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15.WWW page of project (optional):