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    ”Communication saves lives!”              

Name of Project:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2007


"Global Disaster Safety Map Exhibition & Video Conferencing" NDYS 2007 in KOBE held  in KOBE, Japan  on May, 2007.

NDYS 2007 International Conference held  in Aichi, Japan  on May, 2007.



Brief one-sentence description of project:

This is a project in which children will learn the importance of human lives and how to cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, droughts and so on through the communication and collaboration with global friends. Children can make a difference in the world.

This year’s theme: Natural Disasters  and Environment

                                 What we can do as YOUTH to create the disaster reduced society


Slogan: Communication saves lives!

Our goal :  is to build the safer place to live in for everyone in this planet.  


Full description of project:


Natural Disasters occurred many places in the past and will occur in the future. In 1995, people in Hyogo, Japan, experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and suffered much damage. We realize the fear of natural disasters. We learned the importance of human lives, the importance of cooperation, collaboration and preparedness.

By preparing for the natural activities of the earth, we can limit the extent of human suffering. Moreover, in some cases, we may eliminate the future suffering by studying about the disasters. This is what we have learned through NDYS 2005 and 2006.

Through this project, we aim to empower youth globally and raise their awareness of natural disasters in order to reduce the consequences of future natural disasters. Our goal is to enhance awareness of natural disasters to families, schools and local communities around the world. To achieve this goal, students have discussion on the forum, collaborate and make a disaster safety maps. 

As a subsidiary program, the NDYS Teddy Bears (NDYS Little Ambassadors) will be exchanged among partner schools to strengthen the friendly bond. Through this project, we expect students to grow as NDYS Ambassadors who share their knowledge of disaster management and tell people the importance of preparedness for the future risk.
Thus, the contents of what students learned at the youth 
summit will be disseminated to the local community where students live. Their schools will be the center of community education
for disaster management. We also expect teachers and civic volunteers to support students' with learning and activities.

NDYS will build a global disaster management education network utilizing Information and Communications Technology (ICT). As the final event of the project, we will hold ‘ NDYS 2007 in Aichi’.  


The reports and the results of their activities

  Global Disaster Safety Map 2007

 Declaration of NDYS2007


Global Disaster Safety Map Exhibition

Theme:  What we can do as YOUTH to create the disaster reduced society

Date:     27th February to 18th March, 2007

Venue:    Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute, Kobe, Japan

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Video Conferencing" NDYS 2007 in KOBE 

Theme:  What we can do as YOUTH to create the disaster reduced society

Date: Sunday, 4th March, 13:3015:40

Venue:    Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute

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NDYS2007 in Aichi 

Theme "Natural Disasters" and "Environment"

What we can do as YOUTH to create the disaster reduced society

Date May 3rd (Thurs) - 5th (Sat) , 2007
Venue  Aichi prefecture Mihama boy natural house

  NDYS2007 in Aichi 

Age/level of project participants: 
Timetable/schedule for 2006-2007:

Global Disaster Safety Map (GDSM), Kids’ Disaster Safety Bag and International Conference ‘NDYS 2007 in Aichi’

Each school will be requested to make research on a natural disaster (past disaster, and measures in personal and community level) and to make a Kid’s Disaster Safety Bag and a disaster safety map. Through making the map and the bag, students understand anticipated damages and think what should be done to protect their lives from future natural disasters.

Procedure of Making a Disaster Safety Map:

1) Select a disaster you will make a research on, such as flood, Earthquake, Hurricane and so on. You may select multiple topics, if you like.

2) Research on the environment near your school.

   Finding dangerous places or place to refuge, important facilities, such as fire stations,  hospitals, temples or so on.

3) Start drawing your disaster safety map of your school area.. You may make a map as paper-map, map drawn by CAD or webpage. It is ideal, if you put some photos on the map.

4) Take a photo of your map and send it to iEARN discussion forum so that we can share the information.

5) Send the map to NDYS Japan office by postal mail.

6) Introduce your own map on the iEARN forum. (Reporting what you have researched)

Procedure of making ‘Kids’ Disaster Safety Bag’

 ‘Kids’ Disaster Safety Bag’ is an emergency bag for Children. By making the bag, students will think of what they can prepare for disasters before hand.

Possible project/classroom activities

Communication through Video Conferencing,
Discussion on the forum
NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange
Research on natural disasters
Research on an environment of each school area

Expected outcomes/products:
Global Disaster Safety Map
Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2007 Declaration
Websites created by NDYS students

PowerPoint presentations, booklets, websites in different languages, safety maps and a big friendly family of teachers and students.
Project contribution to others and the planet:
This project will directly contribute to the quality of lives of anyone who live on this planet by sharing the knowledge of how to cope with unexpected disasters and building Disaster Management Education Network utilizing ICT.
Project  language(s):
English, Japanese & other languages will be used as a supportive language.
Curriculum area:
Science, Social Studies, Fine Art, Integrated study, Language,

Names/email of initial participating groups:

iEARN-Trinidad and Tobago  
Project Harmony , Armenia
American Museum of Natural History 
Project Musical Plates 
Kyoto University  
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 
Hyogo Prefecture , Japan  
Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education , Japan

Name of facilitator(s):
Kazuko Okamoto, Yoshie Naya, Motoko Hirota , Hiroko Fukuda , Ryoichi Uetani from Japan, Doris Wu from Taiwan, Gia Gaspard Taylor from Trinidad and Tobago, Mariam Mokhtari from Iran , Nunik Nahapetian from Armenia,

Student Facilitator: Abe Fergusson, NDYS Representative of Trinidad and Tobago , Amran Hussain from United Kingdom

Email of facilitator(s):
Yoshie Naya< yoshie.naya@gmail.com>
Kazuko Okamoto <kazuko@dd.iij4u.or.jp>,
Motoko Hirota <motoko@cty-net.ne.jp>,
Hiroko Fukuda <fukudahiroko7@hotmail.com>
Doris Wu <doris21.wu@msa.hinet.net>,
Gia Gaspard Taylor <iearntrinidadntobago@yahoo.com>,
Mariam Mokhtari <mariam_mokhtari@yahoo.com>,
Nunik Nahapetian <nunik@projectharmony.am>,
Abe Fergusson <afef10@hotmail.com>

Amran Hussain <amran.hussain@hotmail.co.uk>

iEARN Forum/Newsgroup where it will take place or is taking place:

  • ndys-student
  • ndys-global-committee


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