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     ”Communication saves lives!”      

Name of Project:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2011

  view a NDYS2011 Description

"NDYS-KOBE Forum 2011

" held in KOBE, Japan on January 29, 2011.

NDYS 2011 International Conference was held  in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on July 20, 2011.  




2. Brief one-sentence description of project:

The Natural Disaster Youth Summit (NDYS) is a year round 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.  

This year’s theme:     Climate Change  and Disaster Reduction

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:

The annual face-to-face Natural Disaster Youth Summit was first organized in Hyogo in May 2004 and started from September 2004, commemorating 10th anniversary of great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Japan.  

Now, due to the Climate Change, the ravages from disasters become greater than before. By experiencing the various disasters, different knowledge and information to reduce the impact of disasters are accumulated in local communities.  

By sharing those knowledge and information, we can prepare against future disasters and take actions.  Let us keep continuous efforts and transfer the efforts to the next generation. 

The goal of the NDYS Project was to use the lessons learned from the Natural Disasters  and develop a worldwide network of the disaster prevention, recovery, and relief education.

NDYS will build a global disaster management education network utilizing Information and Communications Technology (ICT). 

Let us communicate each other and contribute to the healthier planet!

Activities leading up to the NDYS 2011 are:




1)  “Global Disaster Safety Map (GDSM)” program

See https://ndys.jearn.jp/GDSM.htm  and


Students will create a Disaster Safety Map of their school’s surrounding areas.  Students research on their environment near their school and put information in the map such as where is safe, where is dangerous and where they love and be proud of.  


The map will be uploaded to ‘CoSMOS’ (Collaborative Safety Maps on Open System), too.  















Each month, participating students and teachers will discuss their disaster safety maps through Video-conferencing and on the 





                   NDYS Video-conferencing

2) "NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange and Kid’s Safety Bag " program

See https://ndys.jearn.jp/ndysambassador.html

As a subsidiary program, the NDYS Teddy Bears (NDYS Little Ambassadors) will be exchanged between partner schools to strengthen the friendly bond at the NDYS conference.  Each School can make a Kid’s Safety Bag (Emergency bag), too.


3) Discussion, Exhibition and Oral Presentation.  

Theme: Climate Change and Disaster Reduction. 

As the final event of the project, we will get together in 18th Annual iEARN Conference and 15th Annual Youth Summit in Taiwan, and make exhibition of maps and oral presentations as the NDYS 2011 in Taiwan. 

Through this program, students will grow as global citizens who take actions and share their knowledge of disaster management to local people.  We expect students to be NDYS Ambassadors to help people understand the importance of preparedness for the next risk, by making schools a center of community education for disaster management.  We welcome teachers and civic volunteers to support students' learning and activities.

4)  Original Activities at your school.  

You can introduce original activities at your school related disaster reduction or climate change.



4. The reports and the results of their activities: 

<Video Conferencing>

NDYS-KOBE Forum 2011



Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction of Our Town

-- Report on the 6th Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Turkey --

The theme of the project this year is ‘Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction of Our Town’  Delegates of the project last year participated in and made presentations at the 6th Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Turkey in August 2010. Through the conference, they learned from the presentations of other schools from around the world.  

Theme: Disaster Reduction and Climate Change 
Venue: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute, Kobe, Japan
Date: 29 January 2011

URL:  https://ndys.jearn.jp/hatkobe/2011/index_e.html


NDYS 2011 in Taiwan

Logo explanation (pdf/117KB)  

Date: 20th July, 2011.
Venue:  CCAFPS , Kaohsiung, Taiwan

URL: https://ndys.jearn.jp/2011/index.html



Registration Closed for the 7th Natural Disaster Youth Summit, July 20, 2011, Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Thank you for your interest in NDYS. We are expecting your participation next year. 

This year, we will have a one-day-gathering in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with the support of NDYS Taiwan members. Please feel welcome to get involved in school-based and online activities!  You can introduce original activities at your school related to disaster reduction or climate change. 

. See more


face-to-face Natural Disaster Youth Summit


4. Age/level of project participants:  

Elementary school to Senior High School


5. Timetable/Schedule for the project:


Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2011 Schedule  


             *You may join in  one or more program

               Please contact to ndys@jearn.jp for the registration.

               Website: https://ndys.jearn.jp


6. Possible project/classroom activities:

Communication through Video- Conferencing

Disaster Safety Map making

NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange  

Kid's Safety Bag making

Discussion on the iEARN forum  


7. Expected outcomes/products:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2011 Declaration

Global Disaster Safety Map 2011

Kid’s safety Bag

Websites created by NDYS students

PowerPoint presentations, booklets, websites in different languages, safety maps 

A big friendly family of teachers and students.


8.Project Contribution to others and the planet

  Children and the youth will share their knowledge and work as leaders of their communities. -They will help people in trouble as global citizens. -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 ravage by unexpected disasters and building Disaster Management Education Network utilizing ICT.


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-Japan (JEARN)  






 iEARN-Trinidad and Tobago  



Tuncsiper Schools in Bursa Turkey

Hyogo e-School, Japan

Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education, Japan  

Kwansei Gakuin University Kitamura-lab

Kyoto University , Japan

UNESCO-Headquarters, Paris

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)  

American Museum of Natural History



12. Name of facilitator(s):

Yoshie Naya,  Hiroko Fukuda , Kazuko Okamoto from Japan,

Nimet Atabek, Bursa, Turkiye

Doris Wu from Taiwan

Gia Gaspard Taylor from Trinidad and Tobago

Youth Facilitator:

Andrew Chuang-(Yao- Hsiang Chuang) Youth Leader of NDYS2011 in Taiwan

Anna Nishizako, NDYS Blog , Japan

Abe Fergusson, NDYS Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago ,

Rondelle Keller , Students’ facilitator of Trinidad and Tobago

Daniel Pez, Editor of NDYS Newsletter , Argentina

Kazuki Zendo, Delegate of IDRC from NDYS, Japan

Hiroki Zendo, Delegate of IDRC from NDYS, Japan


13. Email of facilitator(s):

Yoshie Naya< yoshie.naya@gmail.com>

Nimet Atabek" <atabeknimet@gmail.com>

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

Gia Gaspard Taylor <iearntrinidadntobago@yahoo.com>

Abe Fergusson <afef10@hotmail.com>

Kazuko Okamoto <kazuko.okamoto05@gmail.com>


Youth Facilitators:

Abe Fergusson <afef10@hotmail.com>

Rondelle Keller <rondellekeller@gmail.com>

Daniel Paz <you_makeme_sic@hotmail.com>

Andrew Chuang-(Yao- Hsiang Chuang) <jason1124@seed.net.tw>,

Anna Nishizako <anna204jp@gmail.com>


14. iEARN Forum where it will take place or is taking place:

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


15. WWW page of project :

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

http://www.kitamura-lab.jp/cosmos/ ( CoSMOS , Japan )

http://www.ndysturkiye.com/default2.asp (Turkiye)

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

http://ndys2010turkiye.blogspot.com/ (Students’ Blog , Japan )

https://ndys.jearn.jp/news/ (NDYS Newsletters)



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