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                                                        ”Communication saves lives!”     

1. Name of Project:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2009


NDYS 2009 International Conference  was held  in Taiwan on March 14-15, 2009.

"NDYS Forum 2009" held through Video-Conference connecting Taiwan and Kobe  on March 14, 2009.


2. 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. Students will acquire the knowledge of systems of disasters and skills to reduce the future disasters. 
Children can
make a difference in the world.

NDYS2009’s theme:  Disaster Reduction and Climate Change



       logo explanation of NDYS2009

Slogan:   Communication saves lives!  

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


3. Full description of project:


NDYS was organized in Hyogo in May 2004 and started its program from September  2004, commemorating 10th anniversary of great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Japan.

Natural Disasters may occur anywhere and anytime on this planet. We learned the importance of human lives and preparedness for disasters. This is what we have learned through NDYS 2005 to 2008.

You have various information to reduce the impact of disasters, share your information with other members in the world.

It will take years to build disaster resilient world, so let’s start now! Now is the time to take ACTIONS!  So, start your continuous efforts from now until you grow up, then transfer your efforts to next generation.

With more communication, more human lives can be saved.

Our ultimate goal is to enhance awareness of natural disasters to families, schools and local communities around the world and build the safer place to live in for everyone on this planet. 

To achieve this goal, we plan two programs.


1)  Global Disaster Safety Map

   GDSM program

2)  NDYS Teddy Bears with Kid’s Safety Bag

    Kid’s Safety Bag  program

Discussion on ‘What Youth can do to prevent the next disasters

Theme: Disaster Reduction and Climate Change

Thus, the contents of what students learned at the youth summit will be disseminated to the local community where students live. Through this program, we expect students to grow as NDYS Ambassadors who share their information of disaster management and tell people the importance of preparedness for the next risk.

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.

As the final event of the project, we were got together in Taiwan, and hold the International Conference ‘ NDYS 2009 in Taiwan’.


The reports and the results of their activities

 Global Disaster Safety Map 2009

  Declaration of NDYS 2009


NDYS 2009 in Taiwan

NDYS 2009 International Conference was held in Taiwan  on March 14-15, 2009.  Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 921 Earthquake in Taiwan in 1999.

Theme: Global Warming and Disaster Reduction 
Venue: National Science and Technology Museum, Taiwan, R.O.C. 
Date: March 14-15, 2009..

 . Visit the conference website

   To learn about the meaning of the conference logo, click here.






NDYS Forum 2009

NDYS Forum 2009 through Video-Conference connecting Kobe and Taiwan.

Theme: Disaster Reduction and Climate Change 
Venue: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute, Kobe, Japan
Date: March 14, 2009.
   See more


4. Age/level of project participants:

Elementary school to Senior High School  


5. Timetable/Schedule for the project:  

Timeframe: Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2009 Schedule




Main Program

Sub Program

Disaster Safety Map

NDYS Teddy Bear with

Kid’s Safety Bag

Aug. 2008

Registration and Preparation for the project.


Start the project  

Video conference


Make research on disasters happened in the past.  Make research on your school.

Consider how to protect themselves from disasters.


Find the partner school.

Prepare your NDYS Teddy Bear. Give the name to your bear.

Consider what children need when the disaster occurred.

Make a list of the items to put in your emergency bag.

It is ideal to make your own Kid’s safety bag. Put your school information in the bag, too.

Disaster Reduction and Climate Change





Write your opinion in the iEARN Discussion forum.




Continue the discussion.


Making a Disaster Safety Map.

Video conference


Introducing maps to each other on the web.

Introduce your Bag in the iEARN Discussion forum.


Sending NDYS Teddy Bear to your partner school with the list and photo of your Kid’s Safety Bag. Put the introduction of yourselves and your school.

You may put some gift to your partner school in your bag, if you want.

Nov.2008 to Feb. 2009


on the iEARN NDYS Students forum

Video conference

Wait for the NDYS bear to come back from the partner school.

Write message to your partner school.

Make a LIST OF ACTIVITIES what Youth can do.

March 14-16

NDYS 2009 in Taiwan

NDYS Forum 2009

Theme (plan) Disaster Reduction and Climate Change

What Youth Can Do

Video conference

Make a presentation material for the exhibition.

Send your presentation material to iEARN Taiwan and NDYS office.

Exhibition or presentation in each country or region.


6. Possible project/classroom activities:

Fieldwork of your nearby area.

Learn how to make safety map and how to use ICT.

Communication through Video- Conferencing,

Discussion on the forum

NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange


7. Expected outcomes/products:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2009 Declaration

Disaster Safety Map of your school and your community

Kid’s safety Bag

Websites created by NDYS students

PowerPoint presentations, booklets, websites in different languages, safety maps and a big friendly family of teachers and students.

8. Project contribution to others and the planet:  

Children will share their knowledge and will work as leaders of their communities. -They will help people in trouble as a global citizen. -They will know how to save their lives from Natural Disasters. This project will directly contribute to the quality of lives of anyone who live on this planet by sharing the information of how to reduce with unexpected disasters and building Disaster Management Education Network utilizing ICT.


              Building for the Global Disaster Reduction Education Network


9. Project language(s):

English, Japanese & other languages will be used as a supportive language.


10. Curriculum area:

Integrated study, Science, Art, English, Social study, Risk Management,


11. Names/email of initial participating groups:  









 iEARN-Trinidad and Tobago  


Tuncsiper Schools and Uludag University, Bursa, Turkiye

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


12. Name of facilitator(s)

Yoshie Naya, Kazuko Okamoto, Hiroko Fukuda from Japan,

Doris Wu from Taiwan,  

Nimet Atabek, Bursa, Turkiye

Gia Gaspard Taylor from Trinidad and Tobago,

Mariam Mokhtari from Iran ,

Student Facilitator: 

Sergio Daniel Paz, NDYS Representative of Argentina  

Abe Fergusson, NDYS Representative of Trinidad and Tobago,

Gento Kato, NDYS Representative of Japan 


13. Email of facilitator(s):

Yoshie Naya< yoshie.naya@gmail.com>

Doris Wu <doris21.wu@msa.hinet.net>

Nimet Atabek" <atabeknimet@gmail.com>

Kazuko Okamoto <kazuko@dd.iij4u.or.jp>

Gia Gaspard Taylor <iearntrinidadntobago@yahoo.com>

Abe Fergusson <afef10@hotmail.com>


14. iEARN Forum where it will take place or is taking place (leave blank if uncertain, and you will be assigned to a forum):

ndys-students, ndys-teachers, ndys-global-committee


15. WWW page of project (not required):

https://ndys.jearn.jp(Main Japan)

http://www.naturaldisastersiearntnt.org/ (Trinidad and Tobago)




Registration:  https://ndys.jearn.jp/regist.html



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