The disaster management training for students and civil society activists was organized by KIIR purposely in Muzaffarabad to provide an opportunity to understand disaster management and forthcoming hazards. Capacity development is an important aspect of ensuring successful implementation of the disaster management strategies. Strengthening networking especially in field activities will be realized through shared enhanced capacities, students and civil society activists, among development actors. This training was therefore an important step towards enhancing capacity of students and civil society activists in ensuring they are equipped with hands on skills to facilitate DRR process among the communities they are working with.
The training was intended to strengthen the capacities students and civil society activists to mainstream community managed disaster risk reduction concepts, principles and practices in the planning and implementation of community development efforts. Specifically, it was aimed at helping them understand the concepts and principle of DRR and equip them with skills to facilitate participatory disaster risk reduction planning process at community level. They were also expected to share own experiences and appreciate limitations of their current approach and have clear ideas on how to improve on them.
The facilitators used experiential learning approach, which starts with what participants already know together with time tested learning by doing, where concepts, principles and process were explained and assignments given. The following methodologies were used to aid effective learning; games buzz groups, simulation exercises, group assignments and interactive lectures. Key achievements of the workshop were; building solidarity among the students, civil society members and facilitators, enhanced knowledge and skills of participants in facilitating disaster risk reduction planning process and helping the participants appreciate limitation of their current development approaches and planning concrete action plans to improve practices in their respective organizations. Developed training schedule was however covered within the planned time frame, which was facilitated by the dedication of both participants and facilitators.