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.
COLONIA, Yap- On October 12, 2012 the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Yap- Sub Office in close coordination with the Yap State Department of Education met with the principals of the five schools selected to take part in the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) Program. The five selected schools are Gilman Elementary School, Dalipeebinaw Elementary School, Bael Elementary School, Rumuu Elementary School, and Tomakaw Elementary School.
Discussions at the meeting focused primarily on CADRE’s educational component to ensure smooth transitions between teachers and CADRE trainers. Specific attention was also directed at activities that involve members of the local communities within the school zones, school administrators, and other State actors. These activities include evacuation drills, disaster impact surveys, hazard mapping and pre- and post-test evaluations of students’ knowledge on disasters and the environment.
In the excitement of the planning and scheduling, Head Teacher Timothy Tomed of Dalipeebinaw Elementary School remarked, “We’re ready to begin right away!” The CADRE trainers were given the approval to work alongside the Science teachers in the second quarter with the first set of trainings and exercises being tentatively scheduled to take place in Dalipeebinaw. The principals were eager to take steps towards meeting standards of accreditation in the future and to conduct new activities such as evacuation drills, Emergency First Response training and Hazard, Vulnerability & Capacity (HVC) Mapping Exercises.
Funding for the CADRE Program was made possible through the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID). Its aims are to build resilience of vulnerable communities in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands to natural hazards, particularly those that are climate induced. In this endeavor, IOM has focused on school-aged students and the surrounding communities by raising awareness, providing essential preparedness strategies and improving community ability to independently cope with natural disasters.
The International Organization for Migration (691) 320 – 8735/95 or IOM Micronesia website: http://micronesia.iom.int/