Phalombe, July 27, Mana: Mainstreaming disaster lessons in the education sector is key to reducing disaster risks and hazards, District Rehabilitation Officer for Phalombe District Council, Florence Harawa has said.
Harawa made the remarks on Monday when the Council hosted learners from Khongoloni Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in the district on a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) learning visit.
She said government considers the youth as an important pillar in disaster risk management, as such it was imperative to start equipping them with disaster management knowledge while they are still in school.
“By all means, the youth should be directly involved in DRR activities so that they have a knowledge base for current and future use as they take part in building disaster resilience in their areas,” she said.
Khongoloni is one of the disaster-prone areas in Phalombe such that Khongoloni CDSS has, previously, had a fair share of different types of natural disasters.
Form One student at Khongoloni CDSS, Carolyn Nsapali, said the learning visit was very important because it gave her practical experience that complimented on the theoretical knowledge she had about disasters.
Nsapali appealed to the Council to provide learners from other schools with similar opportunities, saying the exposure would improve understanding of the curriculum-based disaster lessons.
During the learning visit, the council took the learners to Michesi Hill where they appreciated the point where the 1991 infamous Phalombe disaster originated from.