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MAGELANG, KOMPAS.com – Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) noted there are 30,000 schools in Indonesia are located in areas prone to natural disasters. The schools will be given priority training on disaster mitigation from Kemendikbud.
It was said Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendi after closing the National Conference of Disaster Education at the University of Muhammadiyah (UM) Magelang, Central Java, Thursday (24/08/2017).
Kemendikbud has identified schools that are in a disaster radius. And that, my value is focused. How to prepare teachers, students, schools who are ready to face disaster risks, "said Muhadjir.
According to him, the schools consist of the lowest level to high school which mostly located in the eastern part of Indonesia.
For that, Muhadjir said, an important disaster theme is presented to students and teachers through extracurricular programs in schools.
"The theme of disaster does not have to be a subject, but it can be through extracurricular program, it is part of the strengthening of character, including helping characters, mutual help, independence and so on, so it can be linked with the character education that we are now talking about," he said.
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Former Rector of University of Muhammadiyah Malang added, natural disaster is a threat that can happen anytime and anywhere. Therefore there must be a strong commitment, as well as high awareness in order to reduce the impact of disasters.
Knowledge of disaster management also needs to be given to the community and volunteers around the school, not just students and teachers alone.
Actually, disaster in Indonesia should be a priority program and all facilities and infrastructures should be utilized for disaster mitigation, he said.
Muhadjir said, schools in Indonesia should be built with disaster-resistant standards, especially earthquakes. But the development is also tailored to the characters in each region as well as the study of experts."In each region there is a measure of how much power is on the Richter Scale, including landslides and floods we have calculated for the construction of new schools," he said.