Enhancing school safety through university engagement in DRR education

Yung Fang Chen, Arinola Adefila

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Effective Disaster Risk Reduction Education (DRRE) could reduce the impact of disasters, including the loss of lives, property and damage to the environment because DRRE enables communities to mitigate and prepare for potential risks [1,2]. It is believed that universities could play a role in DRRE [3], not only emphasising the need for the inclusion of DRR in curricula for all levels of education; but also proactively teaching and sharing DRRE in communities [4]. This holistic approach widens the university's engagement in society and broadens impact of good practice. A University in the United Kingdom has initiated a project to facilitate the university's engagement in DRRE in communities. The project combined specially planned field trips and placements in an optional academic module to encourage year 2 students to deliver DRRE in primary, junior and high schools in a foreign context [5]. The project has provided opportunities for the students to develop inter-cultural competences and employability skills [6]. It also facilitated work-based learning and enhanced global learning through practice-based activities [7]. The article introduces a Higher Education (HE) engagement model for DRRE, evaluates the effectiveness of the pedagogy and its impact on students' learning. The research demonstrated positive impact of HE students engaging DRRE in the community through fieldtrips and placement. It is recommended that the HE sector develops similar models to enable universities engage in collaborative networks that allows a more effective approach for DRRE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101386
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Early online date21 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 44, (2020) DOI: 0.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101386

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The research was conducted at Coventry University. Placements and Short Trips were partly sponsored by the Centre for Global Engagement at Coventry University


  • Community engagement
  • Community resilience
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Employability
  • Environment education
  • Fieldtrip
  • Internationalisation
  • Internship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Safety Research
  • Geology


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