EARTHQUAKES have become more frequent in Myanmar, with the latest one hitting the country earlier this month. Hence, Siam Cement Group – driven by its commitment to contribute to communities – is using this opportunity to share knowledge on how to minimise damage to lives and property in the event of an earthquake.
In collaboration with the Education Ministry, the cement giant is set to distribute learning materials on earthquake safety and preparedness to schools in Yangon and Mawlamyine. The first batch was distributed last Thursday.
“In line with our sustainable development principles and safety policy, SCG is aware of the significant impact of natural disasters, which have increasingly been taking place across Asean due to climate change and global warming. With Myanmar resting on one of the world’s main earthquake belts, there is a heightened likelihood of an event, and it will be detrimental if people are not properly educated on how to respond,” Sorasak Keeratichokechaikul, SCG Myanmar’s government and public affairs manager, said.
SCG is set to distribute 5,000 sets of learning materials to public schools across the two cities. The material, meant for grades 4 and 5, will include drawing books, colour pencils and simple instructions on what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Teachers will be provided with a poster on do’s and don’ts along with a DVD, which can be used in class to raise awareness. The DVD will provide facts, safety measures, as well as details on infrastructure and post-quake reconstruction of buildings. SCG will also host sessions with teachers to equip them with the necessary knowledge.
“By educating youngsters, we believe there will be a ripple effect of knowledge being shared with their families – as children will share lessons with parents, grandparents and siblings,” Sorasak said.
The SCG Myanmar team has worked in close cooperation with experts to develop the materials and to get local insight throughout the process.
The Education Ministry plans to work with SCG to expand the programme to more schools in other parts of the country.
This initiative is part of a series of CSR activities implemented by SCG to improve the livelihoods of people in Myanmar, aside from scholarships under its “Sharing the Dream” programme.
Source: The Nation