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     ”Communication saves lives!”           

1. Name of Project:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2013

  view a NDYS2012 Description

JEARN (iEARN Japan) held its 10th anniversary event, which followed its annual conference, in Kobe city on May 25th
We had good presentations and messages by NDYS students/ex-students and innovative reports by NDYS teachers.


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. Children can make a difference in the world.

This year’s theme: Climate Change and Disaster Reduction

                                 Safeguarding Against The Lost of Biodiversity

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 first organized in Hyogo in May 2004 and started from September 2004, commemorating 10th year of great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Japan. We learned the importance of human lives and preparedness for disasters. 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 to stop the climate change which is one of the cause of greater disasters. Let us keep continuous efforts and transfer the efforts to the next generation.
Our ultimate goal is to enhance awareness of natural disasters to families, schools and local communities around the world through children's actions.

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.


NDYS has four programs, however, you need not to do all programs.                                                    

You can select one or more programs.


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

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. Send the photo of completed disaster safety map to The map will be uploaded to ‘CoSMOS’ (Collaborative Safety Maps on Open System) for presentation and further discussion. You may put your map on the
Gallery of iEARN Collaboration Center, too. Students will have discussion through Video-conferencing and on the iEARN forum

CoSMOS cosmos/

Past Disaster Safety Map

iEARN Forum for Students' discussion 1e0a0c3b/

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

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 Kid’s Safety Bag (Emergency bag), too.


3) Discussion on the iEARN NDYS forum

Theme: 'My experience of a natural disaster'

Students who want to tell their experiences of natural disasters can put your message on the NDYS forum.

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 let people understand the importance of preparedness for the next risk. Their schools will be the 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.

NDYS welcome your original activities at your school. Introduce your original activities at your school or your community.



4. Age/level of project participants:  

Elementary school to Senior High School

5. Timetable/Schedule for the project:

Timeframe: Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2013 Schedule


Registration and Preparation for the project.

September - June

Make research on disasters happened in the past. Make research on your school or near your school. Consider how to protect yourselves from disasters.

“Teddy Bear Exchange” (1) Prepare a Teddy Bear which is arepresentative of your school.

Bring Teddy Bear to your school and to your home. Take photos and write diary in the iEARN student forum from the bear’s point of view.
Exchange information of bears with a partner school. Continue the work. Video conference

'My experience of a natural disaster'

Write your experience or your opinion in the iEARN Discussion forum.
Write reply or comments on others messages.

Making a Disaster Safety Map.

“Kid’s safety bag” - Consider what you need in the case of emergency.
Make a list of the items to put in your emergency bag. Take photo and Introduce your Bag in the iEARN forum. Video conference Make a LIST OF ACTIVITIES what Youth can do. Take actions

Video conference

Make a presentation material for video conference. Send your PPT and doc file presentation material to NDYS office. Exhibition or Oral presentation in each country or region, if possible.

Introduce your website, if you make it.
Please contact to for the registration.


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 Writing your experience of natural disasters

7. Expected outcomes/products:

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2013 Declaration

Global Disaster Safety Map

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 learn how to save their lives and make their eivironment safer. 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,


12. Name of facilitator(s):

Yoshie Naya, Hiroko Fukuda, Kazuko Okamoto from Japan,

Hasnah Gasim from Indonesia 

Doris Wu from Taiwan,

Nimet Atabek from Turkiye

Gia Gaspard Taylor from Trinidad and Tobago,

Youth Facilitator:

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<>  

Hasnah Gasim<>

Gia Gaspard Taylor <>

Doris Wu <>

Nimet Atabek" <>

Kazuko Okamoto <>


Youth Facilitators:

Abe Fergusson <>

Rondelle Keller <>

Daniel Paz <>

Andrew Chuang-(Yao- Hsiang Chuang) <>,


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

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


15. WWW page of project : 1e0a0c3b/ (iEARN forum for NDYS), Japan) cosmos/ (CoSMOS, Japan)

http://www. (Trinidad and Tobago) default2.asp (Turkiye)

http://ndys2010turkiye. (Students’ Blog,Japan) (NDYS Newsletters) jearn/modules/showroombbs/ (Trial site for multi language collaboration)


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