School kids to paint ‘LIVE’ for Disaster Risk Reduction Awareness

A national-level painting competition for school children aged between 10-14 years will be held on November 3, 2016 during the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016.

The Conference is being organised from November 3-5, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi by the Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

This competition will be based on themes related to Disaster Risk Reduction and aims to make children aware of its need and importance. It also aims at bringing to the fore their understanding of risks and ways to address them.

Children are a nation’s future, and they need to be exposed to notions of safety from all kinds of hazards – small everyday hazards to major natural hazards like floods like floods and earthquakes – early in their lives to ensure their holistic growth.

Children’s participation would also lead to a greater involvement of their parents and society resulting in better prepared communities.

The State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) will organise the first level of the competition. Each participating State will send its three best participants for the national level competition.

At the national level competition, a jury will select three winners who will be rewarded cash prizes, a certificate of recognition and a memento. Three consolation prizes will also be awarded.

AMCDRR will set the direction of implementation and monitoring of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in the region. The Framework was adopted by 187 countries, including India, at the Third UN World Conference on DRR in March 2015. It recognises children as agents of change and advocates that they should be given the space and modalities to contribute to DRR.

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