The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Education for Young People Program promotes the development of disaster resilience education (DRE) as a vital component in children and young peoples' learning. This resonates with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience which advocates for the inclusion of this type of knowledge in school education programs.

DRE is guided by the following principles:

  • Children have a right to protection and care, as well as to seek and receive information
    Articles 3, 13.1, UNCRC, 1989
  • Disasters rank in the top ten major fears of childhood — educating children about disaster risk reduction helps them and their communities
    Ronan, 2015, Fire Australia
  • Children and young people can be enabled as 'agents of change,' depending on their capabilities
    Towers, 2016, Disaster Resilience Education Practice Framework
  • Disaster management policy and practice can better meet children's needs when they are involved in decision making
    GADRRRES, 2017, Comprehensive School Safety Framework

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