Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has concluded a series of disaster management training workshops for 200 public school leaders, in co-operation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education's Training and Educational Development Centre.
Five 2-day courses were held over one month as part of the workshops.
The sessions were conducted by a group of QRCS's disaster management specialists. A wide range of emergency-related topics were covered, including urgent needs assessment, risk analysis, shelter and camp planning, health in emergency, nutrition and food aid, Sphere Project, and water and sanitation.
Executive Director of Volunteering and Local Development Division at QRCS, Mona Fadel al-Sulaiti appreciated the co-operation from the Training and Educational Development Centre saying that this lays the foundation for further bilateral work to support the school community and promote a culture of preparedness.
According to her, the participants recommended that such activities should be expanded to include administrative and academic staff, particularly safety and security committees, administrators, supervisors, and bus drivers. They also showed willingness to attend advanced disaster management courses.
A number of participants, from principals and administrators of schools, praised the importance of these training courses and activating them among students and staff in schools, in addition to its importance for the practical and human life in the society, they affirmed the close association of these activities with the nature of the school's work, and called for more field training in the future.