“My parents encouraged me to join my school’s Search and Rescue team. Now that I am in a leadership role, they listen to me and take me more seriously. I have learned to communicate with adults. Overall, I think my knowledge of natural disasters has given me more self-confidence,” explains Ma Myo Thu, 12 years old, from Rakhine State, Myanmar.
"I was sad that my school would flood every year during the rainy season and that we were not able to study. Now I realise why flooding happens and can educate my classmates and school with knowledge from my Search and Rescue training."
Plan International's Safe Schools programme in Asia runs in more than 11 countries and benefits around 2,719 schools and 318,999 children aged seven to 18, both in urban and rural settings. This programme teaches children and members of their communities how to stay safe if a disaster should occur. Students in schools across the region have learnt how to identify hazards - such as floods and damaged school buildings - and develop disaster preparedness plans so they can stay safe.