IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
Jaluit Youth Prepare For Natural Disasters
From February 11 - March 4, 2014, IOM's CADRE team visited Jaluit High School (JHS) and community to deliver awareness raising and resilience building activities on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.
The team arrived in Jaluit and began conducting evening sessions engaging around 150 students, ( JHS's 9th and pre 9th students, as well as 8th graders from Jabor Public and St. Joseph Elementary Schools). The CADRE team also held movie nights on the weekends for the 400 plus resident students and staff, and delivered lesson plans to 9th graders during their Science classes for 2 weeks. These lesson plans incorporate indigenous knowledge such as making "bwiro" and other traditional food preservation processes as a form of disaster preparedness. Students practiced their creativity and expression by engaging in poetry writing on the subject of climate change and its effects on the Marshall Islands.
In addition to sharing lesson plans with students and freshmen science teachers, the team held meetings with JHS principal, Arthur Jetton, and vice principal, Petry Rakin, to formulate a school emergency management plan which culminated in the execution of a school-wide emergency drill.
An Emergency First Response(CPR and First-Aid) class was held with representatives from the local and national police forces, teachers from the surrounding elementary schools, the high school security guards and housemothers, and Jaluit, Jaluit community member to increase the school and community's resilience.
In partnership with Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI), the team held two sessions to conduct hazard, vulnerability, capacity, and mapping exercises with the JHS school staff and faculty, student body government, and Jabor community members. These sessions entailed drawing maps of the school campus and surrounding areas, highlighting vulnerable areas as well as safe areas, identifying hazards to the school and community, and using this information to create an action plan to manage risks posed by natural disasters and increase community resilience.
Many thanks to the people of Jaluit, Leroij Adelma, Mayor Billa Jacklick, Jaluit High School staff and faculty, most especially for the students for their warm hospitality during the CADRE team's stay.
The CADRE Program, with funding through Australian Aid is being implemented by IOM Micronesia.
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