BDSG 2nd Meeting

2nd BDSG Meeting
We had three sessions. The first two were the Sharing Session by our members from geology students (GEA) and urban & regional planning students (HMP). The last one was a session about passion and ideas brainstorming by Iche.

Sharing Session 1, GEA
GEA learners shared about their expertise in disaster studies, their willingness to raise awareness of people and their constraints in approaching the local communities for DRR efforts. They think that university students have capacities not only to volunteer in response to a disaster, but also to do something before a disaster happens. GEA is now trying to focus their research and volunteering activities in Tangkuban Perahu volcano area. They shared with the other BDSG learners by using a hazard map of Tangkuban Perahu, to which area the predicted future eruption will direct. They prioritized this area (Ciater Village) for their disaster education program to be held.
A discussion based on GEA learners’ idea was conducted in the session. Several things pointed out in the discussion:
-          whether any intervention has already been made by other parties
-          what’s the focus of the program
-          ideas of activities for the disaster education program
-          involvement of key persons of the village in the program is important
-          the follow-up of the program should be considered
-          volcanic eruption rarely occurred in this area, how to convince people and how to make it transferable to the next generations

Sharing Session 2, Urban and Regional Planning students
URP students shared about their plan to conduct a disaster education program in schools and research in Pangalengan. They initiated this plan just after the first BDSG meeting and even more motivated by the research (and its contribution to society) competition by Tanoto Foundation held for ITB students. The main target of the participants of the program is elementary school children.  Pangalengan is chosen as the place where an earthquake occurred in 2009 and some of these URP students have conducted a research previously in the community. Their intention is to promote disaster preparedness among children and their parents, as well as to inspire the other elements of community (including the government) to establish a disaster education curriculum.
Several points in the discussion:
-          The reason of choosing Pangalengan as the study site and other possible site for conducting disaster education program (e.g. collaborate with GEA in Tangkuban Parahu or in southern Bandung where flood often occurs).  Suggestion from GEA to contact Pak Budi…an expert of Bandung Basin and its disaster history.
-          We should also consider our expertise in choosing an area for disaster education intervention.
-          Involve also older group of people from the community such as teachers or older children in order to make the disaster education program more sustainable.
-          Actually there are many disaster education material prepared by the government, but not well-socialized yet

BDSG Members’ Passion and Brainstorming on Ideas for DRR and RCC Prevention based on the Passion
- to be continued - :)

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