UNICEF in Turkmenistan has organized a series of cascade trainings for specialists from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Defense, as well as for school principals.
The trainings, which brought together over 350 high school principals from all regions of the country, were aimed to raise awareness among participants about the school safety assessment methodology, as well as disaster risk reduction to ensure a clean and safe learning environment for children.
The workshops enabled participants to share experiences on managing existing risks and discuss appropriate mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures.
It should be noted that in order to support the country’s preparedness and response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, training modules have been supplemented with topics on prevention and gender-related issues in emergency response.
“These trainings are prepared to provide teachers and students with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure safety and health in emergencies,” said Christine Weigand, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan.
Cascade learning involves the transfer of knowledge and control over their assimilation along the chain from top to bottom. For example, from a teacher to masters, listeners, students. It is the cascade implementation of control that allows to fix knowledge, check the practical application of this knowledge by all participants in the cascade, and also train a large number of people in a fairly short time. The cascade method of knowledge control has a positive effect on the quality of learning of the material by all participants in the educational process.
UNICEF continues to work with national partners to further raise awareness of the school safety assessment and school disaster risk reduction. The United Nations Children’s Fund will also continue to work with the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan to fully integrate the climate change, environment and energy program into the educational curricula.