Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), together with the Relief and Resettlement Department, is launching its third iPrepare campaign in Myanmar today (6th September 2017) to propel the goal of raising disaster risk awareness in the country. A significant number of university students from Hintada University, Pathein University, and the University of Yangon are expected to participate in the campaign.
The iPrepare Campaign is designed to raise awareness among students and community members about the disaster risk mitigation methods used by their communities. The campaign aims not only to encourage students to think about the importance of disaster preparedness, but also to drive them towards integrating the concept of community resiliency in their prospective career fields.
The iPrepare Campaign will be an eight-week program which will call upon Myanmar university students to engage with local residents, non-government organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in both the public and private sector.
Participants will be tasked with exploring the way their communities prepare for natural calamities either through a short report or video which they will be able to submit on the iPrepare website. The entries will then be adjudicated by a panel of judges led by ADPC, who will decide on a winner based on the originality, relevance and quality of the submissions.
The students will be given the choice of choosing from one of three themes: The Private Sector, Communities, and Technology. While all three themes overlap, participants will be expected to specifically explore the way their selected theme affects disaster risk management in Myanmar. They are also encouraged to come up with new ways of improving the country’s disaster risk management in their selected theme, especially with guidance from experts in the field.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation as well as personal feedback on the projects they submitted.