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.
PRESS BRIEFING NOTE
IOM Bringing the AusAID CADRE Program to Secondary Schools in the RMI
Please note the following correction to some of the information presented in last week's Journal: the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Climate Adaptation Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) program is being targeted for 9th grade students, and there are 15 schools participating in the program in the RMI.
The CADRE lessons have been conducted at Rita Christian School, Majuro Cooperative School, and Majuro Seventh Day Adventist School. The CADRE Program will commence lessons at Laura High School this week. The lessons are implemented over the course of two weeks and cover topics such as: climate change, the link between climate change and natural hazards, and safety information in the case of typhoon, tsunami, wave events, and drought. The lessons also seek to bridge connections to local culture and history and encourage students to ask older relatives about resilience in the Marshall Islands, as many traditional skills are still useful and relevant to navigate the future challenges of climate change.
Another component of the CADRE program is boosting the resilience of local schools particularly in the case of climate induced natural hazards. Activities completed toward this goal include the certification of 53 Emergency First Responders in the RMI. Trainings were conducted in Majuro and Ebeye in the month of February. The Emergency First Response training covered basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Each CADRE school is able to certify four staff members in Emergency First Response. After staff at a given school have completed this training, an emergency medical kit is donated to their school. The kit includes medical supplies and evacuation materials, in case the school ever serves as an evacuation point during an emergency as well as needed items for the daily bumps and bruises. The EFR training participants are given the confidence and understanding to use the items in the medical kits, and the Ministry of Education will replenish all items in these medical kits as part of the regular school budgeting process; Rita Christian School received their kit on March 4th.
Also in February, IOM conducted a School Emergency Management Training in Ebeye. Representatives from seven different schools attended and drafted their school emergency management plans. These plans will be tested in April as schools try out the emergency drills they created in the workshop. IOM team members will be in Ebeye to help out with emergency drills and conduct CADRE lessons.
Lastly the CADRE program seeks to raise public awareness around climate change and disaster preparedness. Educational posters have been placed in public areas, and IOM staff have been participating in two local health fairs, the Baptist Academy Health Fair on February 1st, and the recent Majuro Cooperative Health Fair on March 1st. IOM hosted a free story teller and movie night in February and plans to conduct more fun educational activities in the future.
The Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE) program is made possible by the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID).