Lack of Education As Outcome of Disasters and Conflicts

Here is an outcome I have never seen discussed or quantified before: See: Conflicts and disasters forcing 59 million young people into illiteracy – UNICEF study

Nearly three in ten young people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in conflict- or disaster-affected countries are illiterate, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday, calling for greater investments in the education, particularly for the most disadvantaged children and youth.

The situation is particularly dire for girls and young women in that age group, with 33 per cent of them in emergency countries failing to learn even the basics, compared to 24 per cent of boys.

“These numbers are a stark reminder of the tragic impact that crises have on children’s education, their futures, and the stability and growth of their economies and societies,” said Henrietta H. Fore, the Executive Director of UNICEF, in a news release announcing the findings.

Support for Schools

Resources to Support Education Agencies With Recovery and Continuity of Operations and Learning Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Has your education agency been affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma? In collaboration with other federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s mission during this time is to ensure continuity of operations and learning via the provision of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the learning environment. To support this mission, ED has established a page to support you and your community partners with recovery and continuity activities.

For general hurricane support and for help with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, visit: https://www.ed.gov/hurricane-help.

Major Cuts in Canadian EM Resources

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From Canada.com, June 22:  Stakeholders cry foul as feds cut funding for emergency preparedness

Looks like some serious butting cutting in Canada has gone way past the fat and into the quick. It is a sad day indeed when education and training are cut from the Canadian budget. I sure hope the EM  folks get to come to the U.S. and compensate for that shortsighted action.

Among the cuts in the omnibus budget bill, the government quietly cancelled the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) established in 1980 and ceased operations at the Canadian Emergency Management College which has offered training to emergency responders since 1954. The cuts were billed as a deficit reduction measure.

How is this for reasoning:

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ press secretary Julie Carmichael further noted “the original objectives of this program — namely to enhance local emergency preparedness and response capacity — have been met.”

Unbelievable!  No need for EM education and training to continue, since we did that. Might as well abolish public schools, if that line of thinking prevails!

Higher Education in Emergency Management

English: Emmitsburg, MD, March 10, 2003 -- The...

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The Diva just returned from the 3 day annual Higher Ed Conference, sponsored by FEMA at their training facility in Emmitsburg, MD. For more details about the conference content and attendees, go to this link.  More than 220 institutions in the U.S. teach courses on emergency management and homeland security.  Plus, there were attendees from Canada and a few other countries.

There are many changes occurring and and concerns abound about higher ed in EM, some of which I hope to blog about in future postings.  The year attendance was at an all time high, with more than 400 participants. Copies of many presentations were collected on a CD rather than an oversized loose-leaf notebook.  Presently, the content materials are not on the Higher Ed website. I suggest you write the staff to check on availability of the CD.