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Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015

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We  host ‘Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015 in TOYOTA '  in January 15-18, 2015 in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, which is the 20th commemoration of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

'Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015 in TOYOTA '    →URL: https://ndys.jearn.jp/2015/index.html



This is a project in which children will learn the importance of human lives, how to survive and how to decrease the future damage from natural disasters  by participating in a collaborative project utilizing information communication technology. 


 This year’s theme:  Climate Change and Disaster Reduction. 

 Slogan:  Communication saves lives!

 Our goal Build the safer place to live in for everyone in this planet



The Natural Disaster Youth Summit (NDYS) was first organized in Hyogo in May 2004 and began operations in September 2004, in preparation for commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Japan in 2005. 

We learned the importance of human lives and preparedness for disasters. Now, due to climate change, the ravages from disasters have become greater than before.  By experiencing various disasters, different knowledge and information to reduce their impact are accumulated in local communities. By sharing that knowledge and information, we can prepare against future disasters and take actions to stop climate change, which is one of the causes of greater disasters. Let us keep continuous efforts and transfer that progress 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 with each other and contribute to a healthier planet.



 English, Japanese


Student Age Levels

5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)



August: Registration and Preparation for the project. 

September : Start your program according to your schedule of your school. 


"Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015 in TOYOTA"


                  URL: https://ndys.jearn.jp/2015/index.html


Possible classroom activities

Communication through Video- Conferencing, Disaster Safety Map Making, NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange, Kid’s Safety Bag Making, Discussion on the iEARN NDYS forum by writing personal experiences in natural disasters.



NDYS has four programs. You can select one or more programs.

i ) “Global Disaster Safety Map” 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 ndys@jearn.jp

Global Disaster Safety Map (GDSM) program      https://ndys.jearn.jp/GDSM.htm

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.

iEARN Forum for Students' discussion http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-2/group-120/forum



ii) NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange and Kid’s Safety Bag. 

As a subsidiary program, NDYS Teddy Bears (NDYS Little Ambassadors) will be exchanged between partner schools to strengthen the friendly bond. Each school can make Kid’s Safety Bags (Emergency bags), too. https://ndys.jearn.jp/ndysambassador.html




iii) Discussion on the iEARN NDYS forum. 

Theme: 'My experience in a natural disaster.' Students who want to tell their experiences in natural disasters can put their messages on the NDYS forum. As the final event of the project, students will get together at the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit and make an exhibition of the maps and give oral presentations of their studies. 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. We wish that participating schools will be the local centers of community education for disaster management. We welcome teachers and civic volunteers to support students' learning and activities.

iv) Original Activities at your school. 

NDYS welcomes your original activities at your school. Introduce your original activities to your school or your community on the iEARN NDYS forum.


Expected outcomes

Global Disaster Safety Map, Kid’s Safety (emergency) Bag, Websites created by NDYS students, PowerPoint presentations, booklets, websites in different languages, safety maps, A big friendly family of teachers and students.


Group contributions to others and/or 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 environment 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.


Curriculum area

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



  • Nimet Atabek, Turkey
  • Gia Gaspard_Taylor, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Doris_Tsuey-ling Wu, Taiwan
  • Yoshie Naya, Japan
  • Kazuko Okamoto, Japan


More Information

More info can be found at https://ndys.jearn.jp


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