2014, Volume 17, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy

Children's Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction as Curriculum

early childhood research journal

Full Reference
Fikriani, D. & Bone, J. (2014). Children's participation in disaster risk reduction as curriculum. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, Special Issue: Early Childhood Policy, 17, 35 - 50.

 

Original Policy and Research Paper

Children's Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction as Curriculum

Dian Fikriani* and Jane Bone**
* Gadjah Mada University Indonesia
**Monash University Australia

 

Abstract

Children are always involved in disasters, both natural (fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunami) and man-made (wars and displacements of people). Informed by perspectives embedded within the sociology of childhood, the authors discuss what happened after a major earthquake in Indonesia. In this earthquake many people died or were seriously affected by this tragedy. The focus of this research is on the right of children to participate in matters that affect them through a strategy known as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Instead of waiting to deal with children as 'victims' of trauma or injury it is argued that children can work with educators to deal with disaster in a useful and proactive way. Teachers in Indonesia, who had themselves been affected by the earthquake, were asked to consider the possibility of including Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as curriculum in their early childhood centre. We discuss how the notion of participation is interpreted in this specific context and ask what kind of policy agenda might support this recommendation for DRR to be included as curriculum in countries where disasters are experienced. 

Key words: Disaster risk reduction; early childhood curriculum; earthquake; tragedy.

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