Kenya said on Saturday that disaster preparedness will be incorporated in the ongoing curriculum reforms to enhance the capacity of learners to cope with emerging threats like terrorism and pandemics.
Joel Mabonga, chief executive officer of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), said that providing learners with skills to handle disasters is paramount as the country grapples with COVID-19 pandemic.
“The country has faced various forms of disasters which include floods, fires, droughts, terrorism and lately COVID-19,” Mabonga said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
“Safety measures and disaster preparedness in schools and other learning institutions cannot be wished away if we have to minimize the threat of damage to property and loss of life,” said Mabonga.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday signed a legislation that aims to incorporate personal safety and psychosocial skills training as part of curriculum reforms for basic and tertiary institutions.
According to Mabonga, the law mandates schools and colleges to provide learners with knowledge on how to detect and respond to threats to their personal safety.
He said that learners will be taught how to mitigate dangers to their health and provide first aid to victims of disasters like fires.
“We shall implement the new legislation in line with competency-based curriculum to ensure that learning institutions can respond to new forms of disasters that include epidemics,” said Mabonga. Enditem