Disaster Risk Reduction
Global experience shows that 50 to 60 per cent of persons affected by natural disasters are children. In the recent floods in Županjska Posavina and Pounje every fifth person in the flooded area was younger than eighteen.
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have inalienable rights in all situations including emergencies, when the majority of the most vulnerable are children. The experience gained through helping the people affected by floods should serve us well when developing an even more efficient platform to reduce the risk of disasters; this will ensure more efficient protection for the most vulnerable, namely the children.
As part of the assistance programme, UNICEF has supported the reconstruction of kindergartens and schools in the flooded areas. Thus, the UNICEF offices in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Croatia, supported the reconstruction of the school in Vidovice. The aim was to reduce the possible risk of future natural disasters. The reconstruction included the installation of new quality windows and floors as well as the architectural adaptation of the building.
In cooperation with the National Protection and Rescue Directorate, UNICEF participates in the training of teachers as part of the teacher-training project in South Eastern Europe and supports the development of national capacities to protect children in emergencies.