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Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN)

The Disaster Resilient Australia-New Zealand School Education Network (DRANZSEN) is a national initiative of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience. The network supports the education of young people as active participants in disaster resilient communities. DRANZSEN brings together educators, emergency services, community and youth organisations, researchers and others seeking to collaborate with young people in the development of knowledge, skills and solutions for a resilient future.

The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience recognises the importance of school education in developing a shared understanding of risk, and the knowledge to reduce risk before, during and after a disaster. Disaster resilience education enables learners to identify hazards in context and explore protective actions to reduce exposure, vulnerability and the harmful impacts of disasters, emergencies and other traumatic events on people and places.

Disaster Resilient Education Strategy Group (DRESG)

The national Disaster Resilience Education Strategy Group (DRESG) provides leadership in the development of strategies and opportunities for disaster resilience education (DRE). DRESG supports professional development opportunities in DRE for people who are active in working with young people, especially through schools. DRESG is also developing and testing a national disaster resilience education strategy.

The group is comprised of individuals who represent policy, research, education, practitioner and emergency management perspectives at both the state/territory and national level. 

For more information on DRESG, contact AIDR.

Goals of DRESG

  • To influence and advocate for DRE in all Australian schools and other education settings.
  • To align with DRE policy, research and practice.
  • To establish and communicate a shared understanding of disaster resilience with professionals and volunteers engaged in the education of children and young people.
  • To develop and maintain a clear understanding of the role and expectation of education and classroom pedagogy in the development of disaster resilience across our communities.
  • To develop partnerships between emergency management agencies and school education communities to build an understanding and knowledge of the needs of schools.
  • To encourage schools to adopt and teach sustainable, evidence-supported and effective disaster resilience practices.