ERW Risk Education project in Syria

Syria has been contaminated by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and mines since the beginning of the military conflict in 2011. This had an adverse impact on the livelihoods and safety of a significant number of the Syrian population in almost all governorates. The contamination is also posing a threat to economic development by locking vital agricultural and industrial areas. The exact scope of mine/ERW problem is still unknown due to the lack of reliable information and reports.

The general population is exposed to ERW when trying to cross conflict areas and otherwise moving around in their daily life. The profile of victims reflects a majority of civilians from the productive age groups. Children constitute a particular vulnerable group due to their natural curiousness and lack of knowledge.Since 2013, DDG has been implementing an ERW Risk Education project in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Education (MoE).

The overall objective of the project is to reduce the impact of ERW on the civilian population in Syria, primarily children and youth, by raising awareness and promoting safe behavior through risk education. This objective is in conformity with priorities identified in the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) and the Whole of Syria (WoS) plan.

The ERW Risk Education project is implemented in close cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Education. Responding to the increased need and following the MoE request to conduct ERW Risk Education Training of Trainers (ToT) for schoolteachers, DDG conducted trainings for school teachers from the most affected areas of Aleppo, Daraa, Raqqa, Hasaka, Homs, Hama and Rural Damascus governorates. This will enable the MoE to provide schoolsin ERW affected areas with trained teachers.

The ERW RE ToT is conducted in Damascus. The training aims to provide all identified teacherswith a sound basic knowledge of ERW RE techniques, but focus upon the practical aspects of designing appropriate messages pertaining to specific needs relating to the target groups. The trained teachers proceed to deliver ERW RE sessions to school children in their respective schools. Relevant awareness materials such as T-shirts, note-books, leaflets and posters with safety messages have been developed for distribution in target schools.

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